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Two dead, 23 injured in bomb explosion near Imambargah STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —At least two people were killed and 23 injured, including five Rangers, in an explosion at an Imambargah near Abbas Town on Sunday night. The blast took place near

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Roadside bombs kill five in N Waziristan MIRANSHAH—Roadside bombs killed a total of five people and wounded 10 Sunday in two separate blasts in the tribal areas, officials said. One of the improvised explosive devices was planted along the route of an army convoy in the Mir Ali area, 35 kilometres east of Miranshah, they said. “The explosion killed at least two soldiers and injured seven others,” a security official in Miranshah said on condition of anonymity. Another local security official confirmed the attack and said two of some 10 to 15 vehicles in the convoy were severely damaged.

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Expands range of targets KARACHI: A view of damage after bomb blast at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road on Sunday.

SUKKUR —Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah said Sunday that the decision to block services of mobile phones and ban motorcycle riding in Karachi and Quetta was a decision taken by Rehman Malik in his personal capacity and had nothing to do with the government. He was talking to media after addressing the ceremony of the distribution of CNG rickshaws under Benazir Employment Scheme. Shah said that action should be taken against any

D-8 summit

Talal Bugti briefs Nawaz on Balochistan

PM inaugurates trade exhibition today L SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will inaugurate a 4-day trade exhibition Monday‚ commencing a series of events culminating in the holding of Eighth Summit Meeting of the Developing Eight (D8) countries on November 22. The event to be attended by leaders and representatives from Bangladesh‚ Egypt‚ Indonesia‚

AHORE—President Jamhoori Party (JWP) Iran‚ Malaysia‚ Nigeria‚ Paki- Wattan stan and Turkey aims at project- Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti telephoned PML-N President Continued on Page 7 Nawaz Sharif and exchanged views on overall political and law and order situation in Balochistan. Sources said during their telephonic talk Talal Akbar HAMEED SHAHEEN Bugti thanked the PML-N for ISLAMABAD—On the margins of raising its strong voice in the D-8 summit taking place here on Senate against the surrounding of Bugti House by law enContinued on Page 7 forcement agencies. He said the residents in the Bugti House were being constantly harassed by the law enforcement agencies. He said the people of Balochistan were highly perturbed over the prevailing situation. “Now is the time to decide Nawaz Sharif expressed when Muslims are being killed, his serious concern over the as to who is the aggressor and situation in Balochistan and who is the victim,” said Altaf asked Talal Bugti to work for Hussain. stabilizing it. He also questioned as to He said he and his party where were Human Rights would continue to play their organistions when Palestinians role to address the grievances are being killed. of Balochistan and its Continued on Page 7 people.—INP

Tripartite Syria meeting scheduled

Altaf condemns Zardari addresses Israeli attack on Gaza I S L A M A B A D — Muttahida

Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the Israeli attack on Gaza and KARACHI—President Asif Ali urged Muslim countries to raise Zardari will address a special their voice on the issue. session of the Khyber Speaking by telephone to an Pakhtunkhwa Assembly today MQM conference, he said that (Monday) –— the first time a innocent people are being killed Pakistani head of state will in the Israeli assault on Gaza. address the provincial assembly. “President Asif Zardari will be the first head of state to address the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly,” said Speaker Karamatullah Chagharmati. “The president’s address will be an honour for the people of the province and TEHRAN—Iran plans to invest their representatives.” $500 million to extend finanThe speaker said that he cial and technical assistance to had invited the president to Pakistan for laying the Pakiaddress the KP assembly during the SAARC conference stan section of the proposed in Islamabad last week. He gas pipeline between the two said that an assembly speaker countries. Iranian President Continued on Page 7 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Pakistan next week to sign the InterGovernmental Cooperation Agreement (IGCA), according to which the Iranian govern-

TEL AVIV—The Israeli mili- range rocket over Tel Aviv, the an Israeli bomb demolished the

tary struck two buildings used by journalists in Gaza early Sunday during the fifth day of a campaign against militants in the Palestinian enclave. Hours later, artillery rounds landed in NEW DELHI—Former presi- southern Israeli cities and the dent Pervez Musharraf has country’s missile defense sysThe federal minister said Continued on Page 7 tem intercepted a powerful longthat the government welcomed the Election Commission’s d ecision to hold upcoming general elections under the supervision of judiciary. He advised that police, rangers and military should also be deployed for external supervision during the elections. The minister criticized Chairman NAB’s statements, saying that if any politician is involved in corruption then group or party involved in the chairman should call his Karachi violence. name.—Agencies

signals Bike-riding ban Malik’s Musharraf alliance with PTI own decision: Khursheed

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KP Assembly today

Ambulances rushed towards the scene of the blast and rushed the injured to nearby hospitals. Reports said that firing was heard near the gathering after the explosion. Nearby shops were dam-

Israel strikes media buildings in Gaza

PIA plane makes emergency landing after engine fire KARACHI—The engine of a London-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus 310 caught fire on Sunday forcing it to perform an emergency landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, eyewitnesses said. The national carrier’s aircraft engine caught fire while taking off from the runway, according to eyewitness accounts. According to the Civil Association Authority (CAA) spokesman Pervaiz George, the plane returned to the Karachi airport safely after one of its engines developed technical fault. “PK- 787 took off at 11.46

the Jamia Masjid Imambargah Mustafa at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road. Eyewitnesses said that the blast took place near a barrier at the entrance of Abbas Town. Both sides of the road had been cordoned off due to security arrangements.

IP gas pipeline

Iran to provide $500m to Pakistan ment will provide a loan of $250 million to Pakistan and another $250 million will be arranged through Iranian commercial banks for engineering, procurement, and construction works on the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline, the Fars News Agency reported on Saturday. Pakistan is scrambling to secure funds for the pipeline project amid U.S. opposition in the wake of the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear

program. According to a plan that has been proposed, Pakistani and Iranian companies would form a joint venture to lay the pipeline. Earlier, China and Russia had committed to finance the pipeline if they were awarded construction contracts without bidding, but no progress could be made on that proposal, apparently due to U.S. opposition.—SANA

second such incident in as many days. Sunday’s strikes in Gaza suggested Israel is continuing to expand its range of targets after hitting almost exclusively military sites during the first few days of the operation, dubbed Pillar of Defense. On Saturday,

office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The crossfire dimmed hopes for a cease-fire as Arab leaders led by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were set to convene in Cairo on Sunday to discuss a negotiated end to the conflict.

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KP village-level peace committees to ensure security STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The Chief Secretary Khyber Pakthunkhwa Ghulam Dastagir Akhtar Sunday expressed satisfaction over Muharram arrangements in Hazara Division particularly in the sensitive districts and said that the provincial Government would seriously consider the given proposals with regard to general law and order situation in the region. He hoped that the below proposals would be made part of the provincial law and order strategy and emphasis the need for formation of peace committees at village level as well. He believed that such a community organisation

Al-Shifa to open hospital in Quetta

would help create an environment of mutual trust and cooperation for maintaining peace and order. To ensure uninterrupted availability of the power supply during Muharram throughout the province, particularly in the evening time, Dastagir directed the Secretary Interior to take necessary action in collaboration with high level officials of Pesco. He warned that the Provincial

Government would accept no excuse for electricity load shedding during Ashura-e-Muharram. He expressed these views while presiding over a highlevel meeting of the district and police administration of Hazara Division at Commissioner House Abbottabad on Sunday. Provincial Secretary Home Muhammad Azam Khan, Inspector General Police (IGP) KP Muhammad

Akbar Hoti, Commissioner Hazara Division Muhammad Kahlid Khan Umerzai, Deputy Inspector General Police Hazara, Dr. Naeem Khan and District Coordination Officers and Police Officers of Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Kohistan and Torghar districts attended. The meeting reviewed security measures for maintaining peace and order in Hazara Division during

Muharram. It has been decided that the relevant articles of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) will also be provoked to ensure sectarian harmony and all out efforts shall be made to prevent occurrence of any act of terrorism. During this period, uninterrupted power supply to the mourning programmes would also be ensured and no excuse will be accepted from “Pesco” in this regard. Terming three

Gen Kayani lauds Military College Jhelum performance

HYDERABAD—The Administrator, Hyderabad Metropolitan Corporation (HMC) Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi has declared emergency in different hospitals of Hyderabad with cancellation of all kinds of leave of medical and paramedical staff in connection with Muharram-ul-Haram and prevailing law and order situation in the country. According to a spokesman, the Administrator announced emergency in hospitals during his visit to Shah Latif Bhitai Hospital Hyderabad, Qasimabad and Paretabad Hospitals here on Saturday.

Balochistan doctors defy govt warning STAFF REPORTER JHELUM: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visiting Computer Laboratory on Parents’ Day at Military College. JHELUM—Chief of the Army said that the litmus test of future leaders at institu- dets, as well as an exhibiStaff General Ashfaq Parvez any institution laid in its con- tions like Military College tion of their craftsmanship in both arts and science Kayani on Sunday visited tribution to the society over Jhelum. According to ISPR, projects. Military College Jhelum and the years. He said that the devel- highlights of the occasion Earlier, on arrival, the lauded the high standards displayed by the students opment of character, disci- comprised smart and agile COAS was received by Comand faculty of the institution. pline and intellectual ca- displays of march past, PT, mandant Military College Speaking as a chief guest at pacity must remain top pri- gymnastics, martial arts Jhelum Brigadier (Retd) the parents’ day, Gen Kayani orities in the grooming of and riding skills by the ca- Muhammad Afzal.—APP

Rs 71.56b disbursed among flood affectees STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—National DataConstruction of base and Registration Authority on Sunday canal bridge starts claimed(NADRA) that it has so far disSHER GONDAL M ANDI B AHAUDDIN — Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, exMNA who is aspiring to contest election for NA-109 on PML-N ticket pledged that after winning election he would resolve all problems faced by people of the area. He was addressing inauguration ceremony of construction of Sher Shah Suri road on Sunday at Khewa Bridge over Lower Jhelum Canal. He thanked Shahbaz Sharif for sanctioning a grant of Rs 4,61,00,000 for construction of the Road. Over one thousand residents of Khewa, Datto Chur, Kharlanwala, Kot Jharana, Pindi Alyani and Kotla Piran attended the ceremony. He said his past was before the people when he won elections without money. And this time he was sure to win his seat again in upcoming elections with the support of people. He said it was the legal and moral duty of people to use their votes for electing honest and competent candidates if they wanted change for better.

bursed more than Rs. 71.56 billion among flood affected families in two phases through Watan Cards. The Authority had designed Citizen Damage Compensation Programme (CDCP) to give Rs. 40,000 through Watan Cards in two tranches to affectees of flood 2010 whose houses were damaged. Giving information, a senior official at the Author-

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ity said Rs. 34 billion had already been disbursed among affected families in the first phase across the country in all the provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK with contributions from the Federal Government as well as the provinces. The official said in the second phase, NADRA has so far disbursed Rs. 37.561 billion among 955,025 affected families through Watan Cards under CDCP. These included 9,455 Watan Cards for Azad Kashmir, 4,041 for GilgitBaltistan, 278,293 for Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, 13,732 for

Balochistan, 341,217 for Punjab and 308,287 cards for Sindh. The disbursement included Rs. 367.84 million for Azad Kashmir, Rs. 154.5 million for Gilgit-Baltistan, Rs 11.052 billion for Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Rs 13.58 billion for Punjab, Rs. 11.921 billion for Sindh and Rs. 486.3 million for Balochistan. The first phase of Watan cards was launched in September 2010, whereby the government distributed an initial tranche of Rs. 20,000 among affected families.

The official said the programme worth US $ 580 million has been part of the collaboration between the government of Pakistan and International donor agencies.

QUETTA—The strike of doctors in Balochistan, started on October 16 following the kidnapping of Dr Saeed Khan, entered 32nd day on Sunday, creating enormous problems for poor patients. Despite Balochistan government’s 24-hour deadline to end the strike, the medics boycotted OPDs on Sunday, and warned that emergency wards would also be closed on 9 and 10 Muharram if authorities failed to recover Dr. Saeed Khan. Dr Saeed was kidnapped on Oct 16 from his clinic at Sariyab Road, Quetta. According to Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan President Sultan Tareen, kidnappers are demanding a huge ransom to release Dr Saeed.

programmes and facilities were finalised in consultation with them. A joint grand meeting of these district committees and traders organizations was held at divisional level wherein the traders’ representatives and religious leaders hailing from all sects expressed their resolve for mutual respect, tolerance and harmony and assured their full cooperation to hold the current Ashra e Muharram in a peaceful manner observing the religious spirit of the event, he added. Umerzai said that a high level joint coordination meeting of the civil and military intelligence and district and police administrations was

also held which reviewed the security measures in detail and taken significant decisions to combat any movement for creating any law and order situation. The Commissioner told that under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code wall chalking, pillion riding, use of laud speakers except azan, holding of unlicensed processions and majalis, delivering fire band speeches, entry of fire band religious speakers from other districts, movement of Afghan refugees, carrying and displaying of arms and ammunition, aerial firing, and distribution of objectionable literature have been banned for the whole month of Muharram.

Dry weather across country likely I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- the period. The Peshawar teorological Department on Sunday forecast mainly dry weather across the country during the next 24 hours. However, light rain and snowfall over the hills is likely at a few places of Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan during next 24 hours. Foggy/misty conditions will continue over plain areas of Punjab and Sukkur division during night/early morning. According to the synoptic situation, a shallow trough of westerly wave is affecting Kashmir and adjoining areas. The lowest minimum temperatures during the last 24 hours were Kalat -04, Skardu -01 and Parachinar 00. Rainfall recorded during last 24 hours were Parachinar 12, Pattan 07, Kalam and Mohenjodaro 06, Quetta 05, Astore and Larkana 04, Gilgit, Chillas and Cherat 02mm. Dry weather will persist in Karachi and Hyderabad on Monday while cool night with dry weather is the forecast for Mirpurkhas. According to the weather report issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department on Sunday dry weather with hazy and misty morning will be experienced in Larkana and Sukkur divisions. The Met Office said, cold/very cold weather is likely to prevail in Quetta and Kalamat divisions of Balochistan. Dry weather is expected elsewhere in the region over

Met Office here Saturday forecast dry weather in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and most parts of FATA during next 24 hours. According to Met Office, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country leading to dry weather in Khyber Pakthunkhw and FATA . In last 24 hours, the weather remained dry in most parts of the country.

Minimum -05 and -02 Celsius temperature was recorded at Skardu and Astore respectively while pollen count remained 12 per cubic meter. Dry weather forecast for Multan The Multan Met office has forecast dry weather for Multan and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. On Saturday, the maximum and minimum temperature was recorded at 28.2 and 15.5 degree centigrade respectively. Humidity was recorded at 84 per cent at 8 am and 53 per cent at 5 pm. Like the other districts of Gilgit- Baltistan cold weather started again in the hunza Nagar district. Recent heavy snowfall and rain occurred which turn weather cold in the area here on Saturday.—APP

UQM to field own polls candidates OUR CORRESPONDENT TIMERGARA—The Utmankhel Qaumi Movement, Dir chapter, on Sunday announced the organization would field its separate candidates in the next general election. The Movement representing the Utmankhel tribe in the region held a jirga here with its district president Haji Bahadar Khan in the chair. The tribe’s elders from all tehsils of the Dir

MUTTAHIR AHMED KHAN all positive efforts of the HE famous novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, who was best known for his determinism, fatalism and pessimism, in most of his writings, a t tributes all human sufferings and predicament to “Unseen Forces” who are always in search of any chance to sabotage happiness and comforts of the human world. He opines that whenever any biped wishes to do something good, the “malicious machinery contrived by the malignant gods” comes forward and destroys

Leaves cancelled OUR CORRESPONDENT

ISLAMABAD—Executive Director Al-Shifa eye Trust Hospital Brig(r) Rizwan Khan has said that arrangements have been finalized for construction of another state of the art hospital in Quetta. While talking exclusively to APP, Brig (r) Rizwan Khan said four hospitals are working under Al-Shifa Trust in Rawalpindi, Sukkur, Kohat, and Muzaffrabad.Now land has been acquired and hospital’s lay out plan is finalized. He threw light on multi faceted charitable activities going on in Al-Shifa Eye Hospital for the last 20 years. Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital Rawalpindi, a 250-bed eye hospital,working since 1991, is the most modern eye hospital in the country. Elaborating the details of Light House Project, Brig (r)Rizwan said the project serves as Resource Centre for people with blindness or extremely low vision. Light House is a Resource Center for people with incurable blindness or low vision. “This unique facility,” said Rizwan Khan, “empowers nearly blind or people with blindness to become useful citizen of society.” Light House offers most modern computerized devices for rehabilitation. The facility had been established in 2008. The modern facilities include Braille computer, computer and TV monitor magnifying devices and talking computers.—APP

districts of Hazara, which include Haripur, Mansehra and Abbottabad, as most sensitive with regard to law and order, the commissioner Hazara and the DIG apprised the provincial high ups of the contingency plans chalked out by each district as well as security measures taken and facilities arranged for the Muharram processions and mourning congregations and general public as well. The commissioner told that under a comprehensive and pre planned strategy district level peace committees comprising ulemas, traders, social workers, elders and district administration were formed and all Muharram

poor creatures. Keeping in view the present situation in Karachi, we are reality-bound to believe in Hardy’s pessimistic philosophy because all, including government circles, official machinery, political parties and civil society, strongly urge and try for creating peace and security in the town, but “Unseen Forces” turn all their endeavours downwards and the ground realities show worse than ever conditions. The interior Minister Rehman Malik also, time and again, has indicated towards these unseen forces or “hidden hands” that do not want to see us prospering. The question is who will tackle these forces if the responsible circles are just getting away with these type of excuses. Moreover, it is just like adding fuel to fire or pun-

Lower attended the jirga. They said the Utmankhel tribe constituted half of the population in Malakand division. They said that being in majority none of the political parties represented the tribe and its right. “It is our constitutional and social right to elect people from our own platform,” Haji Bahadar Khan said, adding that he led the Awami National Party in Dir in the past but that too failed to get rights

of the deprived tribe of Utmankhel. He said that the Utmankhel Qaumi Movement had decided in principle to field its own candidates in the upcoming election. He, however, said that doors of negotiation would be opened for all political parties for seat to seat adjustment in Dir. Haji Bahadar Khan said that he had delayed all jirgas sent by the QUETTA: A ward of Civil Hospital giving a deserted look due to strike by doctors. ANP to convince him.

Living under the ‘unseen forces’ ishing the victims to take such anti-public decisions like imposing ban on motorbike riding, shopping and the use of mobile phones. People were really very much upset be-

possible for the masses to contact their family members and relatives who were out for their livelihood. Another very shocking episode, in this behalf, is Chief Minister Sind

cause the ban on bike riding means snatching more than 50% people’s right to travel. Thank God the Chief Justice of Sind High court acted timely and saved people from a big trouble. So far as the suspension of mobile communication is concerned, it made im-

Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s statement that he gave in the assembly saying, “Things are not depressing” in Karachi. Somebody must tell him it is not depressing but extremely catastrophic for the families who lose their dear ones every day in the ongoing killing

in the city. Even if a single person is killed during the whole day it is nothing less than a doomsday for the bereaved family. If others do not feel any pity or jolt over shootings in their neighbourhood and go on enjoying their life, it means they have gone insensitive and have learnt to co-exixst with this entire nuisance. The night with multicoloured Galaxy To provide a spiritual relief to the Karachiites, who are, these days, living under the dark shadows of the goddess of death, Thespianz Theatre presented a vibrant Dancing show with the title “Rangon Bhari Raat”, at Bahria Auditorium, Karachi. These beautifully choreographed dance

performances included Sufi Kathak, Traditional and Contemporary Kathak and the fusion of old and new experiments in classical dances. The leading as well as the exclusive feature of the event was the enthralling Kathak Dance Performance by the dance icon Umair Arif, who specially came from Lahore to lead the show. Arif is a young talented Kathak dancer who started learning Kathak, in 2005, from Master Sajjad Hussain, Kathak Kalawant Patyala Gharana. Then, he joined Madam Aimi Minwala in Alhamra Arts Council and, then, Madam Bina Jawwad, who is his current teacher. He took some workshops of yoga & Kathak from Nahid Siddiqui

as well. He is one of the youngest Kathak dancers in Pakistan and has performed in all major cities of Pakistan. He is affiliated with the Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore, and performs in their cultural programmes. He got awards in International Youth Performing arts Festival 07, 08, 09 & 10 and got Award from cultural minister in “Sindh Youth Festival 08” as the best performer & choreographer. In addition to it, he has performed in many festivals organized by Rafi Peer Theatre, Thepianz Theater, Rear View Productions, Moments events & many other multinational companies. The band performed Qawali and Tarana, written by Hazrat Amir Khusrao, Tura’s (Small pieces of Recurrence) Gatain (Walk in a Specific way in Pure Kathak). Presenting Four Seasons with an intelligent use of Contemporary and

Traditional Dance Forms, the concert concluded with the surprising performances and received a lot of applause from the audience. The crew of the Thespianz Theatre, comprising Shaiz, Heera Dilawar, Waqas Khan, Zain Ali, Fiza Ali, Mehak Shameem and Shazia Ameen, fully supported and added to ecstatic presentation of Umair Arif. Besides, the efforts of Faisal Malik as the narrator, Umer Malik as the Stage Designer, Nouman Sheikh and Hussaun Najjam as the Assistants and Farooq Zafar as Director Photography were truly laudable. The work of Mr. Faisal Malik, Director of the Thedspianz Theatre, was also worthy of great appreciation and admiration. The writer is an educationist, analyst and free-lance journalist, can be reached at muttahir_khan@hotmail.com


Education promotion Staff Reporter

I SLAMABAD —Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Sector Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali said that Pakistan Peoples Party Government is taking measures for promotion of education in the country. Talking to Pakistan Television, she said that visit of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to Sultana Foundation was very important where a large number of students are being provided quality education. She said that the government is spending allocated amount to improve the literacy rate in the country. She said that 30,00,000 children were being provided education through Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). She said that President Asif Ali Zardari is also taking special interest for the betterment of education in the country. Replying to a question, she said that Sultana Foundation is playing an important role in imparting education to the children who have less resources for meeting their educational needs. She said that Prime Minister has stated that role of public-private partnership in the promotion of education sector should be encouraged in a proper manner. She said that Raja Pervez Ashraf after taking the responsibilities of the premiership is giving importance to education sector. Replying to another question, she said that budget allocation for education should be increased for achieving the progress in this sector. Earlier, talking to VOA, she said that progress has been made in environmental sector and expressed satisfaction over work for women’s rights especially with regard to women’s representation in Pakistan. She added that education is a provincial matter after 18th amendment in the constitution. She claimed that 16 years free education has also been guaranteed in the 18th amendment.

19,000 teachers appointed on merit Our Correspondent

HYDERABAD—Senior Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that the previous rulers had damaged the education system of the province, but the PPP government has initiated measures to ensure quality education with the appointment of 19,000 teachers on merit. In the past, the teachers were appointed under the pressure of influential persons, however, the present government is appointing the teachers purely on merit with declaring two years PTC and CT Courses essential for the candidates, he said. Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said this while talking to media persons during his visit to Hiranand Government High School Society Hyderabad here on Saturday afternoon. The minister informed the previous rulers appointed 500 lecturers on ad-hoc basis and a group of them has been associated with print and electronic media. Responding to a question about the notice taken by Sindh Chief Minister regarding fake appointments of 4000 teachers in Jacobabad and Shikarpur districts, the minister said that he has still not received any official intimation in this respect. However, the minister said that after receiving directives, action will be taken into the matter. The minister informed that when he assumed the office of the education ministry, he made efforts of reopening of 1400 school among 7700 closed schools and identified 1100 ghost schools. Further appointment of teachers is essential for opening of more schools in the province, the minister said and informed that the department has planned to appoint 19000 more qualified teachers purely on merit. At initial stage, he informed that Women Teachers Training College Hyderabad and Hussainabad have been affiliated with University of Sindh.

Priority to masses problems Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development (CAD) Nazar Muhammad GondaL said on Sunday that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership is promoting democracy in the country. Talking to media he, said that philosophy of Pakistan Peoples Party is to resolve the problems of the poor masses. Replying to a question, he said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto sacrificed their lives for this country. He said that Pakistan Peoples Party government after coming into power made efforts for bringing improvement for the betterment of this country. Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party Lahore President, Federal Minister Samina Khalid Ghurki in a press statement also said that democracy was the only solution to all national issues and the PPP-led democratic government would never allow any conspiracy to succeed against democracy. She said the PPP would protect democracy at any cost and would not hesitate to sacrifice for it. She said the PPP-led government was working for better living standard for people by utilizing available resources, adding that it was introducing new projects for a prosperous Pakistan. She said the nation had confidence in the leadership and policies of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and it was not ready to accept anything other than democracy. The minister said the PPP had sacrificed its leaders, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed for democracy and it was the only system that was acceptable to the nation.

Creation of Seraiki province Staff Reporter

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Member National Assembly (MNA) Jamshed Dasti on Sunday said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was seriously working for the creation of Seraiki province. Talkign to APP he said PPP will continue politics of reconciliation and all issues will be resolved through dialogues. He stressed the need to strengthen the parliament to resolve all the issues faced by the country, adding that the parliament has the constitutional right to complete its term. A Seraiki province is imminent and we salute the Supreme Court for its historic verdict in the Asghar Khan case, said PPP leader and Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din in a rally here on Monday. The minister said the SC verdict in the Asghar Khan case showed that there was a great difference between the PPP and PML-N. He said the Seraiki province would be created at any cost because this was the demand of people of South Punjab and a resolution was also passed by the Punjab Assembly to create a new province in the Punjab. He said the PPP supported the popular demand for a Seraiki province. Speaking at the rally, PPP MNA Jamshed Dasti criticised the PML-N and its leadership. Jamshed Dasti said the Sharif Brothers were the outcome of corruption who became rich overnight. He criticised Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood, Punjab president of the PML-F, and said he was the broker of Takht Lahore and had been exposed due to his hypocrisy and in general elections people would take revenge from him for deceiving them. He also criticised former state minister and MNA Makhdoom Ahmad Alam Anwar for joining the PML-N. The rally was addressed and attended by PPP MNAs and MPAs of district Rahim Yar Khan and local socio-political figures. On the occasion, Aamer Nawaz Niazi announced to join the PPP.

Rs.5 billion spent on Gambila-DIK highway STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Federal Minister for Communication, Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan on Sunday visited Dera Ismali Khan and expressed condolence with the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Kareem Khan Kundi at the death of his father. The Federal Minister arrived at Kundi House Dera Ismail Khan and expressed his condolences with Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Kareem Khan Kundi at the sad demise of his father, former MNA, Fazal Kareem Khan Kundi. He remained for some time with the bereaved family, praised his social and political services and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul. The Federal Minister reached DI Khan from Peshawar through Indus Highway where a warm recep-

tion was accorded to him at the Hujra of GM (KP) NHA Fazle Nawab Khattak in Karak. A large number of PPP supporters and media personnel welcomed him. He also inspected newly constructed Gambailato-D.I.Khan Highway N-55. While talking to the dignitaries of the area, the Federal Minister said that District Karak is of particular importance in the Southern Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to its high literacy rate. He said that with the discovery of natural gas in the area, the whole region will strengthen economically and employment opportunities will be provided to the people of the area. The General Manager of the project, Mian Muhammad Asghar, while briefing the Federal Minister in Serai Gambaila, said that Rs. 5 billion have been spent on 117 kilometers Serai Gambaila-toD.I.Khan Highway. HYDERABAD: Members of Shabab-e-Milli protesting against Israeli attack on Gaza.

shutdown UNHCR package for Afghan refugees’ repatriation FESCO schedule OUR CORRESPONDENT Q UETTA —UN

refugee agency has announced special relief package for Afghan refugees for their voluntary return to Afghanistan during November and December 2012 under which returning Afghan refugees would be paid dollars 150, free transport and house hold items. A press release issued by UNHCR Quetta Office here on Sunday said that during the current year more than 16 thousand Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan while more than one hundred thousand from 2007 till to date have gone back from Balochistan. UNHCR Head in Balochistan Charles Lunch, Commissioner Afghan Refu-

gees Balochistan Abdul Saboor Kakar and Director Afghan Refugees matters at Afghan Consulate Murtaza Khurmi saw off twenty three families comprising 104 members who were returned to Afghanistan on Saturday. Repatriating Afghan Refugees were of the view they were living in Pakistan for several decade. They were feeling pleasure while returning to their homeland from Pakistan and at the same time they were feeling grief leaving this country. UNHCR has completed records of returned families such as NADRA, IRIS test and others. Charles Lynch told that from January till now a total of 3335 Afghan families including 16320 individuals have been sent

back to their country. He said under this package all such Afghan families can benefit who have Proof of Registration (PoR) cards. This package would end on December 31, 2012. He said voluntary repatriation process would continue after that date. Afghan representative Murtaza Khurami said that UNHCR assistance for voluntary return of Afghan refugees is praise worthy. It would help them to start better life in Afghanistan. He called upon UNHCR officials to extend enhanced voluntary repatriation package till December 31, 2013 because in the month of November and December there is severe cold in several parts of Afghanistan and Afghan refugees show reluc-

tance to return to their country. He said Afghan government has made arrangements for rehabilitation of returning refugees. He said 63 towns have been setup in 19 provinces of Afghanistan where 48 projects were under way with world organizations for providing facilities to the Afghan refugees. He said more than 5.5 million Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Iran and Pakistan from 2002. He asked Afghan refugees to play their role in building and development of their country and not return to Pakistan again as they would not get any assistance then. Commissioner Afghan Refugees Balochistan Abdul Saboor Kakar lauded UNHCR efforts for facilitating repatriation of

Afghan refugees which resulted in remarkable return of refugees during the current year compared to previous years. He said PoR cards would expire on Dec 31 and it would not be extended any more. To evolve future course a meeting of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan and UN representatives would be held in Lahore on Dec 3 and 4. He said legal action would be taken against Afghan refugees returning to Pakistan after their repatriation to Afghanistan. It is not their issue but of entire region. He said Government of Balochistan has always extended assistance to UNHCR in repatriation of Afghan Refugees and Afghan government and would continue this cooperation.

OUR CORRESPONDENT FAISALABAD—The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) has issued a shutdown schedule for repair, maintenance and expansion of electricity lines. According to the schedule by the company, power supply from Rani Wah, Fateh Khan, Nibbah, Ali Pur, Saeed Abad1, Saeed Abad-2, Nia Lahore and Pensara feeders will remain suspended from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon while City, Dijkot Road and Farooq feeders will observe shutdown from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on Monday (November 19). Similarly, electricity supply from Waryam, Rustam, Sufi Textile Mill, Majhi Sultan, Bela Sarbana.

KP Govt, Iranian varsity to coop in health sector STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The Chancellor of Medical University of Sheraz, Iran Dr Elimanieh and the Khyber Pakhtybkhwa Minister for Health, Syed Zahir Ali Shah here Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the fields of Public Health, Medical Education and Primary Health Care between the two brotherly countries. The MoU was inked during a special ceremony held here at Hayatabad Medical ComPESHAWAR: A policeman stands alert at Kohati Chowk during Muharram-ul-Harram. plex (HMC) that was attended besides others by Special Secretary Health, Dr Noor-ul-

Iman, Chief Executive HMC, Dr Zubair, Vice Chancellor Khyber Medical University, Dr Hafeezullah, Chief Executive Khyber Teaching Hospital, Dr Omar Ayub and other medical professionals. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Elimanieh said we have more than 100 post graduate specialties and about 800 research papers of our medical professionals were published last year, adding sharing of experience of both countries in medical field will not only bring people of both countries more closer but will make a congenial impact on the overall health advancement.

“We are ready for exchange of students delegations, holding seminars and share contributions of our researchers in the various fields of medical development and Public Health,” he maintained. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister said the exchange of health professionals of both countries would go long way in analyzing and getting experience from each others’ expertise’s and research work. He said that efforts of both countries would bore fruits and further augment the existing cordial relations between two neighboring countries.

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this regard. People said due to poor services of health department medicine are stolen from health centers while district administration is also not paying attention in this regard. In Faisalabad a least two persons including a woman and a minor died and three others sustained injuries in head-on collision between two vehicles here on Sunday. According to details, an ambulance coming from Jhang, collided head-on with a truck coming from opposite direction at Jhang-Faisalabad Road near Sudhar Bypass.

S&T promotion to enhance Husband throws 3 die of smallpox, acid at wife employment opportunities 2 killed in accident OKARA—A woman suffered

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that the promotion of Science and Technology is a right step to enhance employment opportunities and promote economic development activities for betterment of the people and the steps underway in this respect at the government level are indeed an appreciable headway. Talking to the Federal Minister for Science and

Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali who called on him at Governor ’s House here on Sunday that though an appreciable headway has been made yet there is a need to further promote the process with an accelerated pace. Responding to various points, the Governor also highly eulogized the keen interest of the Federal Minister and his team in the promotion of scientific and industrial research based economic activities in the province and also men-

tioned the scope for efficient utilization of mineral resources of FATA in particular. Serious efforts, he added, are already underway to ensure better outcome of the available resources and expressed the hope that under the aegis of PCSIR Laboratories would prove of great benefit in this respect. He also assured every possible support to the respective organizations for ensuring their smooth working and proper utilization of the available means in this connection.

Iran diplomat visits Sindh flood-hit areas NAZIR SIYAL L ARKANA —Advisor to the Chief Minister, Sindh, along with Iranian Consulate General of Pakistan visited the flood affected areas of Larkana, KamberShahdadkot, Jacobabad, Dadu and Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on Sunday. Iranian diplomat Abbas Ali AbdulAhi, told newsmen that the relations between Pakistan and Iran are well developed on all fronts. Sindh is the land of spiritual leaders and saints like Qalander Shahbaz, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and other cultural affections, he said. He said they would support Palestine and will continue help in spite of the UN

reservations or ban. Iran hascondemned the attack on Palestinians and will help the Muslims despite UN pressure, he said. He further said that Iran has helped Pakistan by giving $1 million for relief operations and 1000 blankets for rain affected people of Sindh in the flood affected areas. Advisor to CM Relief Haleem Adil Shaikh told newsmen that more than 20 million people were affected due to rain and floods in the province. **** Shia Ulema Council, Larkana chater, has demanded protection of Muharram-ul-Harram processions, street lights, cleanliness, ban on illegal TV chan-

severe burn wounds when her husband hurled acid at her over domestic dispute here on Sunday. According to details, Saima, also mother of four children, hailing from Ghaziabad area of Okara was in domestic dispute with her husband Abdul Jabbar. Owning to differences with husband Saima started living with her parents. On Sunday morning, Abdul Jabbar brought his wife back to home with pledges to take care of her but soon after entering house the accused poured acid at Saima and fled the scene.—INP

K HAIRPUR \F AISALABAD — Three children died of small pox in Therimirwah Taulka in Khairpur district. According to detail three children identified as Samander Dasti, Ashfaque Dasti, Farhan Dasti died at village Ajeeb Dasti near Tharimirwah and several othrers are suffering from the disease. According to villagers a total of seven children died during the last 48 hours in different villages but health department or district administration are still unaware in

nels, cable operators and to beef up security measures at various locations in the district. SUC in a press conference told newsmen that the Azadari Protection Cell, led by Sayed Ali Gohar Shah Naqvi and other members in Larkana district have been formed for the Majalis and mourners activities monitoring programmes. The religious leaders asked the authorities to stop anti-social elements’ activities in city and take steps of arrangements of cleanliness and street lights. They also demanded of the administration to provide security for the mourners, Majalis and ban on Indian TV channels and En- PESHAWAR: A man passing through one of the oldest parts of the city situated in the heart glish movies on Muharram. of Peshawar, Mohalla Sethian demonstrates a fine set of 18th and 19th century architecture.


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RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has made a clarion call empha sizing every one to rise above petty fights and change the destiny of the nation through cooperation, unanimity and sincerity. In his inspiring address at Sultana Foundation function in the suburb of the Capital, the Prime Minister particularly focused on education and it was visible that he was genuinely convinced that education is the way out for Pakistan’s multi dimensional challenges. Expressing his strong commitment to education, he emphasized for public-private partnership in the all important sector to meet the challenges of the 21st century. He had all the praise for the Sultana Foundation, a role model, in promoting education among the deprived children of the community. The spirited man behind the promotion of education activities of Sultana Foundation is Naeem Ghani who has created facilities for the poor children. In our view the government needs to do more to aid this and similar other facilities in the country because it is not possible for the government to pay full attention to education for various reasons and private sector be encouraged in developing modern curricula and facilities. It is satisfying that a number of Universities have entered into agreements with foreign universities of repute to introduce modern curricula but majority of the public sector educational institutions are still following the general education system which has outlived its utility. For Pakistan to survive in the coming years, education needs to come on the top agenda of Pakistani government and its people. It is time, where there needs to be mental reconcile amongst the masses and the government that they need to focus on the education sector. It should be considered the pivotal point of balance for things to turn favorable. Pakistan’s failure to create a viable education system is not primarily because of poor administrative practices or corruption, but an idea system unsuited for modernisation. The goal must include imparting a sufficient skill and knowledge level to enable employability and participation in a modern society. Though many private sector Universities and Colleges have sprung up across the country but what is more important is to turn the education into job and market oriented and vocational in nature on the whole. This is the time for our institutions to act and make rectifications in the chaotic system of education which exists till now and we hope the government would extend necessary assistance in this task for the bright future of the country.

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HE National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) has given a go ahead to Election Commission to appoint judicial officials as Returning Officers during the next general elections. The decision was taken on Saturday by the NJPMC chaired by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on a request by the Election Commission. In the past the involvement of the judiciary in the election process had adversely affected judicial work and therefore at the time of framing the National Judicial Policy, it was considered appropriate to keep the judiciary aloof from the election process and focus all its energies and time on the administration of justice. Holding of free and fair election is a prerequisite for the sustainability of democracy which ensures prosperity through good governance and the election commission decided to request for the services of judiciary in the process .The committee after lengthy deliberations agreed to relax the restriction in the supreme national interest on the involvement of the judiciary in the election process only on a one-time basis during the forthcoming general election. All eyes in Pakistan are now on the elections under the leadership of respected Rtd Justice Fakhruddin who is recognized as a man of principles. In the past there had been allegations of rigging of all sorts and the parties loosing the elections blamed the agencies for favouring their opponents. The upcoming elections are being described as mother of all elections in Pakistan and with Judicial Officers as District Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers as well as the preparation of new electoral rolls in cooperation with NADRA, one is confident that all the arrangements are now in place and no one would be able to raise an accusing finger.

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SRAEL has been shelling Gaza from the sea and air and the bombard ment of the coastal enclave into a fifth day has turned it into a ghost city. The jewish state is bent upon showing its power and broadened its airstrikes from military targets to the civilian political infrastructure levelling the headquarters of the Hamas Prime Minister and striking police and security buildings. It all began with Israeli operation on Wednesday with an air strike that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. Israel then launched widespread attacks on the Gaza Strip, and Hamas retaliated. According to reports more than 50 people have been killed and buildings and other infrastructure turned into ruins. The situation has reached to an alarming proportion for the civilians and the World Health Organisation says hospitals in Gaza are overwhelmed with casualties and short on supplies. It is time when the UN, US and European Union must pressure Israel to halt its offensive because the security of the entire Middle East is at stake. But what is more unfortunate is that instead of preventing Israel from aggression, President Obama has reiterated his support for the Israeli operation justifying that it was intended to stop rocket fire that has escalated from Gaza. On the other hand the response from the Arab and Muslim countries is subdued. Only Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose prime minister visited Gaza on Friday held meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, both Palestinian supporters to discuss what Morsi and other regional leaders have promised will be a more robust response to Israel’s actions than during past conflicts. We think it is time to build international pressure on Israel to halt the attacks instead of spending days in consultation to prevent losses of the hapless Palestinians.

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Human rights usurping in IHK PSA has not been reviewed / amended, and hence, new Air Cdre Khalid Iqbal (R) records / heights Email:khalid3408@gmail.com are being set by the LEAs and Security Forces in HR violations in IHK. Indian Security uring October 2012 two re Forces are the major perpetrators of ports were released pertain human rights crimes in the state but ing human rights situation no action is taken against the culprits. in the IHK. Reports by Amnesty In- Recently Indian Security Forces arternational (AI) and Citizen’s Coun- rested a minor under PSA contrary cil for Justice (CCJ) were released to recently incorporated amendment in a quick succession. Both dossiers in the juvenile act which requires the have adequately exposed the ongo- detainee to be all least 18 years old. ing Human Rights (HR) violations In another gruesome incident, Indian in IHK. Indian Independence Act security forces beat to death a 65 had laid down clear terms of refer- years old woman in Islamabad disence for the rulers of princely states. trict. Likewise, CCJ’s dossier: “AtrocThey were given the choice to freely accede to either India or Pakistan, ity and Suffering” reveals that: 502 or to remain independent. Both people were either murdered or bethese factors were ignored in the came victim of enforced disappearcase of Kashmir. Ever since the ance; 2048 individuals were physilanding of Indian troops in Kash- cally tortured; 6888 subjected to mir, on 27 October, 1947, HR vio- forced labour and 40 died while in lations by the Indian Law Enforc- custody. Moreover, 234 Mosques and ing Agencies (LEAs) and Security 700 civilian properties worth Rs 1038 Forces continue with impunity. million were destroyed under the garb Public Safety Act (PSA) empow- of operations against outlaw eleers the State authorities to detain any ments. As a matter of policy, Indian individual in IHK on the charges of government does not attach any imacting in a manner prejudicial to the portance to international groups like maintenance of law and order. Un- the Al and other regional and domesder section 8 of this act, a Divisional tic HR organizations. Concrete recommendations by Commissioner or a District Magistrate may issue a detention order to well reputed Indian as well as interprevent any person from acting in a national entities for stopping the HR manner prejudicial to the “security violations have generally been igof the State or the maintenance of nored. As a consequence, the Muspublic order”. Vague wording of the lim majority population in IHK constatute provides an umbrella cover tinues to suffers, perpetually. Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, to the atrocities of LEAs. In AI’s current report: “PSA and Armed Forces (J&K) Special Still a Lawless Law” a comparison Powers Act (AFSPA), have empowhas also been drawn with Al’s last ered the Security Forces’ personnel year’s assessment of the PSA. Cur- to shoot suspected lawbreakers. Inrent report indicates that despite dian government has over and over pressure on the Indian government, again refused to revoke the AFSPA

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that also gives power to the Indian army to detain, indefinitely, anyone they think is “reasonably” suspicious. This law further gives permission to the armed forces to shoot anybody who is “acting against the law.” Interestingly, even the IHK state government has called for the revocation of this law. In the presence of these laws, Indian security forces enjoy immunity against their trial for committing crimes against humanity. UN Rapporteur Christof Heyns, who visited the state early this year, had also called for the repeal of this controversial law. As of now, nearly 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed by the LEAs; corpses of thousands of them have been exhumed from the recently discovered mass graves in the northern parts of the Kashmir Valley. Discovery of these mass graves has jolted the human conscience at global level. Muslims in the IHK were quietly bearing the injustices and high-handedness; however, their patience ran out when state elections were rigged in 1987. It triggered mass agitation and within two years street protests turned into an armed resistance. India pumped in around 700,000 regular and paramilitary forces in the valley of Kashmir to quell the uprising but failed to do so. After a lull of few years, the Amarnath Shrine Board dispute in the summer of 2008 gave a reason to the Kashmiri youth to vent out to their rage, once again. The second round of unarmed movement in IHK took place in 2009. The third wave of protests in the summer of 2010 got converted into a mass movement. These protests were led by the teenagers with stones in their hands. So high was their morale and level of motivation that they didn’t care for the bullets and tear gas shells rained by occupation forces. No amount of cruelty frightened or intimidated them. Now, despite the relative calm, India does not deem it fit to reduce its ex-

traordinarily heavy military presence in Kashmir. Recent police figures on the militancy related incidents in 2011 say that seven districts of J&K are militancy free, thirteen districts have recorded only single digit militancy related incidents and only four have witnessed double digit incidents. These figures show a “steep and drastic decline” in militancy. According to the IHK Director General of Police, there are only 147 active armed militants in Jammu and Kashmir. It corroborates the earlier similar statements of the Indian Army Chief who placed the figure somewhere around 300. To counter this meagre number, over 600,000 troops are permanently stationed in IHK. IHK has the dubious distinction of being the most militarized spot on the globe today. The UN has passed 23 resolutions, calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir. These resolutions vividly recognise the right of the people to decide their own future through a process of self-determination. It is also pertinent to mention that the UN through its resolutions 91 and 122 has also repudiated the Indian stance that the issue of accession of Kashmir had been resolved by the constituent assembly of Kashmir. India tends to hide behind the misinterpreted clause 6 of Simla Agreement, and maintains that the resolution of all disputes between the two countries including Kashmir is to be done bilaterally. Article 103 of UN Charter says, “In the event of a conflict between the obligations of the members of the UN under the present charter and their obligations under any other international agreement, their obligations under the present charter will prevail.” President Zardari in his recent address to the 67th session of the General Assembly had rightly attributed the non-resolution of Kashmir dispute to the failure of the UN system.

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s per international press, Is rael got prior consent of the US President and key decision makers for its current barbaric attacks on the helpless Palestinians; the Gaza dwellers. In this regard, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is constantly in touch with President Obama, who is on his way to Asian tour, the first after his re-election as the US President. In the so far barbaric attacks, Israeli airstrikes have killed over 45 innocent Palestinian, mostly women and children. Besides, the aerial raids wounded over 400 Palestinians. Rocket fires of Palestinians (Gazans) has killed three Israelis and wounded eighteen. Israel claims that, Hamas military wing rocket attacks have compelled it to retaliate with the aerial strikes. Apart from the US President, the Israeli attack has been fully supported by both Houses of US Congress. In this regard, US Congress passed a unanimous resolution, giving Israel the “inherent right to act in self-defense.” The right of selfdefense cannot be denied to any nation or community as per UN Charter. But, the question arises, who gave the right to Israelis to forcibly occupy the Palestinian land and then target them as and when it wishes so? If U.S and international community are conscious about the applicability of this right, have they ever asked Israel to abide by this in its dealing with Palestinians too. With the exception of few military wing commanders of Hamas, the

bulks who have been killed during the attacks are women, children and innocent civilians. Is there any justification for such aerial strikes? Is there a balance of power and compatibility between military strength of Israel and Palestinians? No one finds any justification for the rocket attacks by Hamas, but, going for almost an all out attack against the innocent is not justified even. Everyone living in Gaza is neither part of Hamas nor militant. Then, if Israel and its supporters want an end to these, then they have to address the very cause of these attacks. The addressal of the cause calls for the right of Palestinians on their native land. Have the UN and U.S done this most needed task? Whereas, everyone talks about the right of self-defense, what about the “the biggest prison on Earth”, created through the blockade of Gaza people by constructing a barricade by Israel and another by Egypt. After this barricade, the poor people of the Gaza have no opening to the world. Then, what option has been left for the poor dwellers of the Gaza? Israel has stopped them from entering into its occupied territory, where they use to earn their living. Indeed, their frustration and revolt is natural. After all it is not the war munitions they are looking for, rather they are hard pressed for the earning of their bread. Have someone including Arab Monarchs ever thought on these lines. Is peace the real desire of the world community and Israel in this region of ME, then give Palestinians their right to live on their own territory. In 2006, Hamas came into power through a fair election system. Im-

mediately after the formation of new Hamas led Palestinian Government, Israel arrested and imprisoned many sitting ministers of the Palestine. This democratically elected government was rejected by US and many other champions of the democracy, which exposed their double standards. Together with the West, Al-Fatah and Arab monarchs conspired to end this elected Hamas led Government. Then, there was a reign of terror on the poor Gaza people by Israeli defense forces. As it was not enough, there was fuelling of an infighting between Hamas and Al-Fatah groups; Gaza vs West Bank. The process continued until recent past. There is yet another dimension of the Israeli aggression on Gaza. As per the exclusive analysis of DEBKAfile, dated November 17, 2012, “Israel will strike Gaza so long as Khamenei nixes talks with Obama.” US, Israel as well as the Arab monarchs considered Hamas closer to and backed by Iran and Syria. This series of continuous airstrikes by Israel may have some connection with Israeli plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites in the subsequent phase, taking the plea of Iranian support to the Hamas. In this regard, prior consent of President Obama to Israeli Prime Minister and some key visits and indicators are critical. Then the key statement of US policy making guru, Henry Kissinger is very significant. Henry Kissinger in his article in the Washington Post on November 16, 2012 writes; “The most urgent decision facing the president is how to stop Iran from pursuing a military nuclear program. The time available for a diplomatic outcome shrinks in direct proportion as

the Iranian enrichment capacity grows and a military nuclear capacity approaches.” He emphasised US administration that, “We cannot afford another strategic disaster.” All that, this US Foreign Policy maker old man was stressing President Obama that, take action against Iran, before it attain the capability of nuclear weapons. Kissinger and some US nuclear experts feel that Iran is nearing to achieve the weapon grade uranium enrichment. It “already has in place the technological infrastructure for quickly raising its 20-percent enriched stocks to the 90 percent bomb-making level.” Therefore, the possibility cannot be ruled out that the renewed closeness between Israeli Prime Minister and Obama is a step towards a larger agenda in the Middle East. U.S has already taken on board the Arab Monarchs of GCC, who differ with Iran on ideological basis. Bulk of these monarchs follows the Wahhabi form of Islam, which is anti Shia school of thought in Islam. These monarchs would also like the neutralization of Iranian nuclear programme, even at the hands of Israel. But the question arises, under the prevailing circumstances, what would be the after affects of any such misadventure by Israel or US on the region, which is GCC dominated? After all, Israeli nuclear programme is acceptable to them and its counter weight; the Iranian is an irritant for them? Indeed, Muslim Ummah needs a sense of proportion, logical thinking and the unity and harmony. How long can we afford playing at the hands of others? —The writer is Islamabad-based scholar of International Relations.

he wars that Israel won in its early years, under threat of ex tinction and often against formidable alliances, laid the groundwork for the peace deals that would follow, with Egypt and Jordan in particular. Its recent conflicts have been prosecuted with an almost numbing frequency and with far less obvious result: against the second Palestinian intifada; against Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, and now twice in four years against Hamas in Gaza. Far from acting as the harbinger of a peaceful settlement between Israel and its neighbours, these conflicts represent an overwhelming failure of political imagination. Some have sought explanations for the latest violence in the proximity of Israeli elections as displacement activity for being warned by the US against attacking Iran or in the context of a vote on Palestinian observer status at the UN. The reality is that having done so much to undermine the Oslo peace accords, not least through its policy of continued settlement building and effective annexation (and aided and abetted in this respect by the refusal among militant Palestinian groups to eschew the murderous use of suicide bombers and rocket attacks on Israeli citizens), Israel has found itself with a series of ever more hawkish leaders, leading governments with ever less space to negotiate meaningfully with Palestinians towards a two state solution. The alternative to the long-cherished outcome of an independent Palestinian state neighbouring Israel holds many perils for Israelis. It is the emergence of one state incorporating both entities which, because of demographic trends among both Israel’s Arabs and in the Palestinian administered territories, points towards an inevitable Arab majority. The third option – to despair of the possibility of a negotiated settlement and accept the status quo – means accepting the inevitability of a continuing, slow-burning cycle of violence. The reality is that the moribund state of the peace process has inevitably led to an escalation of hostilities between Hamas in Gaza, effectively cut off by Israel’s blockade, and Israel. It is hard to argue with the view that Israeli policy towards Gaza is as untenable as it is objectionable, amounting to the collective punishment of the citizens of one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Palestinian rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip, especially that which targets civilians, is unforgiveable. That the death toll among Israeli civilians has been relatively low has more to do with the limitations of the weaponry and the effectiveness of defences than it does with Hamas’s concern for human life. Hamas is harsh, often authoritarian, with a woeful human rights record when it comes to the pursuit of its enemies, both within Palestinian society and in Israel. Its tactics, too, including its use in the past of suicide bombing, are frequently repugnant. And while its leaders have hinted at long-lasting truces with Israel, the commitment in its founding charter to the end of Israel leaves it beyond the pale. For generations, the world has known what is required to achieve a lasting settlement in the region – the creation of two states broadly along the lines of the pre-1967 borders and the guarantee of security for all peoples in the region against military incursion and terrorist attack. What is needed is an immediate reanimation of peace efforts towards this end, which requires both serious pressure on Israel, as well as financial and political mechanisms to persuade Palestinians that peace is a better prospect – and that lethal attacks on Israeli towns must stop. The offer by the Emir of Qatar of large-scale investment in infrastructure and job creation for former prisoners was a step in that direction. A huge burden of responsibility for progress lies with Israel and its political classes, which need to be persuaded that peace is better than violence, that there are great opportunities in cooperation and that indefinite conflict would exact terrible costs on future generations across the region. In the end, that message can only come from Washington. Obama, in his Cairo speech in 2009, promised “a new beginning”. It is long overdue for him to deliver on that pledge. He could begin by insisting that Israel pulls back from the brink of a widening war in Gaza. Failure to do that, in the new landscape of the ME, may have long-lasting and grim consequences.— The Observer Great artists have no country. Alfred de Musset — French poet


Gas prices & energy vision ket so SC should scrap the rule. The domestic consumers should take over indusRizwan Ghani precedence try. Ninety percent of Email:sadcat44@hotmail.com our population is living below $2 a day (government claims 35 % and conservative estimates put it at 75%). he gas pricing case is in Su Under the logic of gas (and fuel) preme Court. It offers an op poverty, cheap gas should be given portunity to review country’s to families so that they can feed energy policy including prices of themselves and perform their daily electricity and fuel so that economy chores. The industrialists should not and country moves forward. In terms be allowed to fill their coffers at the of gas pricing, Gujarat High Court cost of average Pakistani household has clearly given a verdict to supply whose majority is living in abject gas to Gujarat on same price as Delhi poverty. and Mumbai. It will cut gas prices The gas prices for domestic by 30 % but the government is si- consumers should be further delent on the decision. The judgment creased. Government should run shows that Indian judiciary is up- CNG centers for its share of Rs 36 holding its constitutional obligation per/Kg in gas price to provide cheap to provide relief to the public, now gas to public and end middle man it is the duty of the government to profit of CNG owners. Similarly, play its part (August 19, the gas companies should also redeshgujarat). view and bring down their profits Musharraf’s 2003 policy of giv- margins. The residential gas coming cheap gas to industrial sector panies in UK are charged 6 to 7 % should be scrapped. The basic idea profit margins in first half of 2012. behind the move was to bring down Last year the margins were 8 % and production cost for domestic con- in 2009 they were 9 % (Centricasumers and international competi- British-gas-profits, July 2012, the tiveness. Since our farmer is getting Guardian). It shows that with evfertilizer for Rs. 2000 (opinion edi- ery year the profit margin was retorial, local news) against interna- duced. In Pakistan it is the other tional price of Rs 1200 and its ben- way round. efit has not been passed to ordinary Pakistan should nationalize its Pakistani consumer who is paying energy sector as part of national ininternational prices in domestic mar- terest. The petroleum advisor has

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asked for nationalization of OGRA. Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela have re-nationalized their energy sectors. Energy sector is already under state control in Gulf States. In China, energy sector is given strategic importance due to its impact on economy and national interest. Study after study has shown that privatization of national assets cost 16 times more to taxpayers as compared to being in public sector. The media reports in British press have shown that multinational and private companies pay little or no tax on their profits in UK while they siphon off huge profits abroad (water companies’ tax, Nov.10, the Guardian). Since privatization defeats the very objective of providing relief, ending corruption and cutting cost therefore our government has to support judiciary to uphold public interest and welfare. Pakistan needs energy vision. Energy sector has become a mafia in West, and government, judiciary, media and state are unable to control it. The fossil fuel lobby is blocking and hindering adoption of renewable energy (wind, solar and smart grid technologies) in UK. The unfolding details of David Cameron’s “Green government” policy clearly show how wind energy plans were derailed by the lobby. The report shows that Cameron himself changed wind farm policy (Nov.14, The Guardian). Pakistan needs to renationalize energy sector and adopt renewable energy to secure its energy future, protect

national interest, revive economy, industry and create jobs and pursue independent foreign policy. Pakistan can overcome following challenges: energy crisis, revive industry, break energy mafia monopoly, bring down energy prices, allow individual houses to be generate electricity for self and selling it to the market, gas shortage in domestic sector and load shedding. It will cut energy losses and stealing, help generate jobs, cut fuel imports, reduce budget deficit, and reduce government expenses by 70 % (Govt. spent Rs.1.4tn on energy sector). Judiciary is very much justified to reviewing gas prices as public welfare. In fact, it should have intervened in 2003 when the gas law was initially changed to keep Musharraf in power. As per its constitution, Pakistan is welfare state therefore law has to uphold people first policy where government fails to protect public interest and generate revenues for state. The exclusive gas pipelines for industry should be used to provide gas to public instead of benefitting rich industrialists and corrupt politicians. Private sector is not responsibility of state, taxpayers and the public. The tax money squandered by energy sector, private industry and corruption should be recovered. Pakistan needs to adopt renewable energy on mega scale, metro train system and develop cycling lanes to encourage cycling to cut travelling cost, time, pollution, and alleviate poverty.

Give education top priority Malik M Ashraf Email: ashpak10@gmail.com

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t is said that knowledge is the best weapon of the small nations. Is lam, the most dynamic, progressive and humanitarian religion also gives top most priority to education of men and women. We, as a nation have to re-fix our priorities. It is an irrefutable reality that education, one of the vital propellers of socio-economic development has always remained a low priority of the successive government. Even after 65 years of our independence we are spending around 2% of our GDP on education, whereas the developed countries spend between 6-10 percent of their GDPs on educating their youth. In our own region Iran spends 4.9%, India 4.1% and Malaysia 8.1% of GDP on education which adequately explains the phenomenal economic progress of

that country. After the establishment of Higher Education Commission in 2002, there was mushroom growth of private universities. Any outside observer would get the impression that with so many universities functioning, the country was taking tremendous strides in the field of higher education with all the accompanying features that contribute to kick starting the process of sustained socioeconomic growth. That indeed is a false impression. Though by opening the field of higher education to the private sector the number of universities and enrolment both of men and women at the higher level has witnessed an exponential increase but the quality and standard of education is on the downward curve. Most of the private universities are housed in small hired buildings in the residential areas and even lack the aura of a university. The private universities are run on purely commercial basis and they charge

hefty fees from the students which is a big burden on the parents. These universities also do not care about merit while giving admissions. The commercialism in private universities is also having adverse impact on the educational environment in the public sector universities. The teachers of the public sector colleges and universities are now increasingly becoming commercial in their outlook. They have established their evening academies and the students in their colleges and universities are encouraged to join those academies. The teachers exhibit more commitment and dedication to their students in the academy than their day time scholars in the public sector colleges and universities. The ultimate sufferers are again the parents who have to bear the extra burden of their children attending these academies. These developments have affected the overall quality and standard of education in the country. The Chair-

man of the Federal Public Service Commission in his annual report to the President for the year 2011 lamented the fact that the standard of English of the CSS candidates was extremely poor and the government ought to pay attention to arrest this decline. Similarly, at the primary and secondary level, the number of private schools has dramatically increased. The private school are charging exorbitant fees and the parents are finding it very difficult to pay for the education of their children. All over the world, education is the responsibility of the government but in our country the government has abdicated this duty to the private sector. The higher education requires top priority and should be entrusted only to the public sector with a uniform curricula in all the disciplines and an imaginative regulatory policy in tune with the emerging realities.

Views From Abroad

Pak-Russia ties forging new alignments Harsh V Pant

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akistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Russia in early October in a renewed attempt to improve relations with Moscow. His visit came after the cancellation of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Pakistan. This would have been the first-ever visit of a Russian President to Pakistan and, as such, was loaded with significance. Putin was also to participate in a quadrilateral meeting on Afghanistan with leaders of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. As NATO forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, new alignments of regional powers are emerging. Pakistan-Russia ties are also taking a new turn, and this holds great significance for India and the South Asian region. Pakistan’s efforts to improve its relationship with Russia since the deterioration in relations between Pakistan and the US have been evident for some time. Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari visited Russia in May, and the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, visited Pakistan in June.

Islamabad finds itself with few friends across the globe. Even China has been circumspect in what it says it can offer its “all weather friend.” Pakistan hopes Russia will start selling it more substantial defence equipment as well. Both countries are also trying to increase their presence in Central Asia. Russia wants stability in its Central Asian periphery and Pakistan remains critical in managing the region. Moscow’s outreach to Islamabad is an attempt to get a handle on this regional dynamic. Russia has taken note of Indian foreign policy’s changing priorities and the recent downturn in US-Pakistan ties. The US-India rapprochement has been problematic for Russia. As India moves away from Russia, especially as its dependence on defence equipment decreases, Moscow is also looking for alternatives. Moscow also recognizes the importance of Pakistan in restoring stability to a post-2014 Afghanistan and the larger Central Asian region. So there are various factors at work here in this outreach. It was Putin who had publicly endorsed Pakistan’s bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and had offered Russian help in man-

aging Pakistan’s energy infrastructure. He went on to suggest that Russia views Pakistan as a reliable and very important partner. As the arms market becomes a difficult place for Russia to navigate, with China deciding to produce its own weapons rather than procuring them from Russia, Moscow needs new buyers. India’s move away from Russia has been gradual but significant. The Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft deal with French Rafale was viewed as big a setback to Russia as it was to the US. Defence sales to Pakistan could open up a potentially new and openended market for Russia as the appetite in Washington to sustain Pakistan’s military-industrial declines dramatically. Defence cooperation as envisaged by the two sides may involve joint military exercises, exchange of personnel and defence sales. There are clear limits here. Moscow can never substitute for Washington as far as aid and defence support to Pakistan is concerned. It is severely constrained in what it can do and Pakistan’s needs are huge. It is unlikely that Russia will emerge as a major benefactor, but Pakistan wants to show the US that it has other options. In the past, Moscow was al-

ways critical of Pakistan’s military establishment’s propensity to use extremist groups to further their nation’s strategic ends. And it remains worried about this tendency, so the pressure on Pakistan will continue. The Russian establishment also feels strongly about the possibility of nuclear technology falling into the hands of extremists in Pakistan and has been very vocal about this threat. Nor would Moscow like to share its defence technology with Pakistan to the extent that it alienates India, one of its largest markets for defence equipment. Russia deals with India on a number of levels, but their partnership could be jeopardized if Pakistan becomes a major priority for Moscow. India will be looking at developments with great interest, but India’s ties with Russia are historic, wide ranging and well institutionalised. Russia will do its best to assuage Indian concerns, and New Delhi should be satisfied with that unless the trajectory of RussiaPakistan ties ultimately impinge on Indian interests. The writer teaches at King’s College London. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

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few years ago, a doctor pre scribed an unusual treatment for some of his patients who were feeling depressed. He would insist that for six weeks the patient say, “Thank you” for every kindness and keep a record of it. According to the doctor, he had a remarkable cure rate. If you find yourself depressed, please consult your medical doctor. But everyone gets

down at times, and sharpening your sense of gratitude can make an important difference in the way you feel. I have observed again and again that people’s day-to-day happiness is not usually found in getting what they want; it comes from appreciating what they have, no matter how little. A colleague of mine once had a woman patient who suffered from depression. Got to the point where she stayed at home all the time, listless, apathetic, indifferent to just about everything. The usual medications didn’t seem to help.” One day this doctor delivered a small pack-age to the woman’s home. “I want you to take what’s in this package,” he said,

“and spend ten minutes of every day looking through it at some object in this room.” In the package there was a strong magnifying glass. The woman faithfully took the prescription. She began looking through the lens at the warp and woof of the fabric on her sofa. She was amazed at what she saw. Then she examined the veins in a flower plucked from her garden, the color dots in an old photograph, and even the texture of her own skin. In days before close-up photography, she’d never seen the likes of it before. She was amazed and astounded at the brand new world opening up before her eyes. The beginning of our

happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. As this woman gazed at her world through a magnifying lens, she saw, in a completely different way, what had been around her all along. Her sense of wonder gave way to another, more powerful emotion. The physician said that her experience with the lens, more than anything else, was the turning point of her illness. She began to get well because this unusual prescription had aroused within her the most curative of all emotions – gratefulness for life. Be grateful for life, it’s a sure prescription for peace..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Error of Judgement ALI ASHRAF KHAN

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onorary Doctor Rehman Malik was giving the people of Karachi a hard time again when he in his wisdom banned motorcycles from our streets not understanding what that would mean for millions of Karachiites, who have to reach their workplaces and educational institutions. Without a properly organised public transport system and CNG emergencies all around most people save only a few who like Mr. Malik can afford a car are depending on motorcycles for their livelihood. It was the Honourable High Court of Sindh again that by annulling this outrageous order turned out to be more in tune with the needs of this country than this so-called democratically elected government. How come it is like this if this government was so good and successful as they want us to believe? What about the kind of ‘democracy’ that is bringing such a government into power? We should not forget that in Germany Hitler was democratically elected when he came into power and he was running a parliament all along while waging war on the world and destroyed Germany for his mistakes otherwise we would not be bullied by British and US adventurers. The same is happening again in front of our eyes. Let’s not close our eye’s on these facts. —Karachi

Public safety & police failure MUHAMMED JAMIL ATHER Currently one of the major issues of our country is our safety. It has degraded over the years, and now it’s down to policemen committing crimes. Illegal possession of firearms, kidnapping, snatching, murder, drug trafficking, etc., are rampant all over the country. This happens mainly due to bribery, corruption, lack of surveillance and negligence on the part of the law enforcement agents. There are more than a hundred of such cases all over the country. Many village people have started to look after the security of their villages themselves instead of depending on the police. Our police must be neutral. But in many cases, we see the opposition’s processions are attacked, whereas those of the ruling party are not. They often harass and punish innocent people instead of the real culprits because their names are the same. If law enforcers want to earn the trust of the citizens, they must work hard to ensure people’s safety —Karachi

Masses want accountability ASGHAR MAHMOOD In the post Asghar Khan case scenario, our leaders including politicians and retired Generals, are sharing their experiences and wisdom with the gullible general public. Mian Nawaz Sharif, two -time Prime Minister of Pakistan has stated that politicians, Generals and judges, all of them made mistakes in the past. This is a sweeping statement and needs to be elaborated. Though to err is human, people expect higher moral conduct from their leaders and holders of publicoffices . Recent example of CIA Chief David Petraeus is very pertinent. The former four -star general has regretted his extra-marital relations with a 40-year old journalist, Paula Broadwell and resigned within three days of Presidential election. he will go down in history as a respectable person, though his personal conduct leading to his resignation is shameful and highly objectionable act. We have our own examples; General JK resigned on a dispute with the Prime Minister over the issue of National Security Council. He is remembered with respect. Senior politicians are very generous in using their discretionary powers and flouting rules when they come to power. For example, as per rules and tradions, the most senior police officer is appointed as Director General Intelligence Bureau. However, Mian Nawaz Sharif, when came to power for the first time in 1990, he appointed Brigadier Imtiaz as Chief of Intelligence Bureau . In his second tenure, Mian Sahib appointed Lt Colonel Muhammad Iqbal, a junior officer working in PM Secretariat, as Director General Intelligence Bureau. These were very strange administrative decisions. In these days ISI bashing has become a fashion with politicians, however, in power their thinking is different; it would be interesting to know that Brig Imtiaz had linkage with ISI like Major Amir, who was appointed Director FIA in 1991 and Wing Commander Ladhi, who is in news these days. If politicians make public apologies for their mistakes, their stature would only increase in the eyes of public. Days of mitti pao mentality are gone. Now people want accountability. Who will take the lead and make a difference in Pakistan’s political culture? —Islamabad

sixteen children lost their lives. Media is showing horrific pictures of killed and terrifying children. One eleven year old child was killed with her mother when missile hit her home. BBC own local bureau chief lost his four years old child due to heavy bombardment in his area. Washington Times published picture of crying father holding the body of his dead child on its front page. Five year old girl lost her all fingers due to shrapnels of exploding bomb near her house. One farther showed dead body of his four year old son to Egyptian prime Minster who kissed his dead son head during his visit to Gaza Shifa hospital. True reality is that Gaza children are paying heavy price for Israeli war adventure. These innocent children don’t have iron dome system, bomb proof shelters, air defense warning system and emergency shelters on roads and markets like Israel’s. Crowded Gaza hospitals are trying hard to deal worst injured women and children. Israelis air strikes are not surgical and not for specific war targets. Israel is deliberately targeting densely populated areas full of children. Now people of Pakistan are astonished to see the double standard of UNO and so called champion of human rights. Only days ago UNO celebrated Malala day for Pakistani girl who was injured in so called terrorist attack in Sawat Pakistan. From UNO chairman Ban ki mon to pop star Madonna and UK Prime Minster Gorden Brown to Hollywood star Angelina Jolie every one was worried and upset for Malala and now want to nominate her for nobel prize. Several days Malala story was leading news in western media. Astonishingly these all personalities and media are sitting silent, seeing everything with blind eyes and never say single word for dozens of children who lost their lives in Gaza due to constant bombing and long siege of Gaza. Most of the children were killed because of US made F16s and other sophisticated weapons supply to Israel. This type of double standard of UNO is losing its credibility in third world countries which is very unfortunate. —Jeddah, KSA

Balochistan’s predicament UROOJ RAZA

In a federal system of government there is an intricate balance between a wish for national unity by the center and aspirations for autonomy by its federating units. In case of Pakistan, there has been a traditional proclivity for a stronger federal structure at the cost of provincial autonomy. Amongst its federating units, the province of Balochistan has long been demanding more autonomy and share of its resources. Consistent feelings of deprivation amongst Baluch nationals so generated have transformed now into a struggle from essentially a political one to an armed one. Notwithstanding the long tradition of such armed struggles by Baluch tribes, frequent occurrences of violence in the province seriously threaten the federation of Pakistan. Today, the situation in Balochistan is neither burlesque nor over hyped, rather it poses serious challenges to the state of Pakistan. What has brought the situation in Balochistan to the present low wherein individuals or institutions avoid posting or deployment therein needs to be analyzed. Causes are many. Consistent failures of successive governments’ to allay the sense of deprivations, non implementation of much often publicized development packages, an over hyped judicial activism pointing at alleged misdemeanors of uniformed officials in Balochistan’s mayhem, effects of Iran’s revolution, mushrooming of religious schools and their exploitation for spreading sectarianism, vested interests of Baluch sardars, killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti are a few in an endless list of causes that ail Balochistan. The law and order situation in KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ Balochistan has been a consistent threat and not over hyped as being According to media news, children suggested by some quarters. Multiple are the worst affected from recent analysis by various think tanks link violence in Gaza. In just two days failures of the respective govern-

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ments to their inaptitude in taking decisive actions to allay prolonged feelings of misgivings and deprivations in Balochistan. These governments refrained from taking such decisions to avoid risking their prolongation in power. Resultantly, consistent sheepish attitudes overtime have now allowed dissident elements in Balochistan to grow and build on their political influence and clout to proffer nationalist and separatist trends. Sardar Mengal during his brief appearance in the court and elsewhere at no point condemned the separatist activities being carried out by Baluch dissidents. As per the government’s and army headquarters proclamations there is no military operation being carried out in Balochistan. Pakistan Army has not waged war against its own people as is being propagated by some agencies for their vested interests. Sardar Mengal asserted in the court that army wages war in Balochistan and commits human rights violations making sure that there are no witnesses to that. This is naïve and an absolute absurd assertion. The fact is that the purported human rights violations are not being carried out by the FC and army. It is the various segments within the Baluch society that are targeted by non-state actors including nationalists and those operating out of ferrari camps run by sardars to create instability and thwart development work. LEAs deployed in Balochistan are duty bound to counter activities that bring harm to society and threaten state security and infrastructure. It is in this context that LEAs and armed forces officials have regularly appeared before the court in their sincere quest to help purge the Baluch society from terrorists, extremists and dissidents that continue to plague the peace and sanctity of the province. —Via email

Save youngsters CHANGEZI SANDHU Pakistan is one of the first atomic country throughout the Islamic world therefore it should play good and an active role to show the real face of Islam but unfortunately, she is still unable to fulfill this responsibility due to some negative acts of this nation. For example, Pakistan is one of the biggest countries of the world whose people watch immoral, porn and such kind of other sexual websites. In the consequence of these activities, Pakistan is still unable to play its authentic role. As a Muslim, I deeply regret to say, a world research group of the west declared some period ago, ‘’Islamic Republic Pakistan is on the top to watch sexual websites in spite of the fact that their Religion ‘’Islam’’ doesn’t allow such kind of activities’’. Now the question arises, how can be this element eliminated within short time. I think, there are two solution of this problem; one is to smother this element by creating public awareness and the second is by power. Strictly speaking, Pakistanis are much fond of them therefore power can play immense role for the eradication of these immoral sites which are making bad smudges on the real face of Islam and Pakistan. Islamic scholars should go to educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities etc to highlight the disadvantages of these activities openly, according to Islam. Pakistani government must sweep out all these immoral and sexual sites by using the authority of Interior ministry which are destroying our youngsters. These youngsters are the future of Pakistan So I request the government to save the young generation of this nation and save the future of Pakistan because they are to prove Quaid and Iqbal in the womb of time. —Islamabad

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Will Arabs turn out for Gaza? MARC LYNCH

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SRAEL’S assassination of senior Hamas military commander Ahmad Jabari and launching of a major air campaign against Gaza on Wednesday poses the first serious test of the effect of the Arab uprisings on Israel. Egyptian President Mohammed elMorsi declared that “Egypt today is different from yesterday, and Arabs today are different from yesterday.” Israel is gambling that he’s wrong, that the Arab uprisings have changed little, and that Arab leaders will continue to act much as they did during its 2008-09 war against Gaza, controlling popular anger while doing little beyond perhaps some more heated rhetoric. This poses the first real test of some of the biggest questions about the real strategic significance of the Arab uprisings of the last two years. Do the uprisings really constrain Israel’s ability to wage wars such as the 2006 war against Hezbollah or 2008/09 war against Gaza? In what way? Would the empowerment of a mobilized Arab public force Arab leaders to adopt significantly different policies towards Israel? Would democratically elected Islamist leaders like Morsi really change core foreign policy positions such as the commitment to the Camp David peace treaty? Would intense political competition, popular mobilization, or different ideologies outweigh the cold calculations of Realpolitik and hopes for international acceptance? It’s far too soon to know the answers to these profound questions — and the signals are mixed. First, images and video from Gaza have been circulating widely through Arab (as well as international) social media and satellite television channels. The anger and identification which those images have sparked across the region, across ideological trends and across borders, suggests that there has been little change in the centrality of the Palestinian issue to Arab concerns. Syria has clearly disrupted the traditional lines of political consensus, intensifying the bitter arguments, mutual recriminations and charges of hypocrisy, while the relentless stream of images of death and devastation from Syria have perhaps had a numbing effect. But overall I don’t see much evidence that Arabs aren’t focused on or outraged over the attack on Gaza. At the same time, it’s important to recognize how strikingly little popular mobilization there has been in the Arab world over Gaza thus far. Protests have happened, of course, but they have been relatively small and contained in Ramallah, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere. The quite significant protests in Amman have remained largely focused on the lifting of fuel subsidies and political reform (including previously unheard of chants calling for the overthrow of the King) rather than shifting focus to Gaza. Even in Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood mobilization and

a major sermon by Yusuf al-Qaradawi in al-Azhar seems to have produced only a march of a few thousand. I think it’s safe to say that most of us would have expected more. This may soon change, of course, if the war continues for an extended period. As much as it likely prefers to lead the charge against Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood may well see an interest for now in controlling and moderating the level of public pressure on the

and hostile towards Hamas are again strong enough continue their traditional patterns of rhetorical posturing while suppressing popular mobilization and blocking significant policy shifts. Such conclusions are premature. The conflict has only just begun. If this extends into a longer battle, with or without an Israeli ground offensive into Gaza, it seems likely that protests will begin to mount and calculations will change. The caution of Arab leaders is

There is no doubt that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has become sidelined over the past two years, with much speculation over when and how Palestine will introduce itself to the Arab Spring. Even the Palestinians’ petition to the United Nations in September 2011 to modify their status in the General Assembly did not bring the conflict back to the forefront of Middle East politics, as events in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen continued to dominate news reports and analyses. President. But if other Egyptian forces, Islamist and secular, begin to mobilize in a big way it will be exceedingly difficult politically (and ideologically) for the

Brotherhood to remain restrained. Jordanians involved in extraordinary protests may not continue to avoid the emotive appeal of the Palestinian issue. The unifying and intensifying effects of the new Arab public sphere may take hold and build momentum, sparking demonstrations across the region. But we haven’t really seen this yet. Israelis and many in the West might draw comfort from these early signals to conclude that the Arab uprisings won’t matter much in the course of a war with Gaza. Perhaps Arab publics are now so focused on domestic issues that they have either lost interest in the Palestinian cause, or don’t want to be distracted from pressing their local demands. Or perhaps the fever of the Arab uprisings has broken, and that Arab regimes who have long been comfortable with Israel

at least in part imposed by their recognition of what an unstable and complex moment this is, and how quickly it could spiral out of control. Morsi in

particular is painfully aware of his precarious position, trapped between conventionally defined Egyptian interests and the passions of most Egyptians (not only Islamists). All seem likely to focus their efforts on pushing Hamas and Israel to accept a ceasefire, and on mobilizing international support for their efforts. Morsi has demonstrated his preference to pursue a pragmatic foreign policy here, offering some sympathetic rhetoric and a visit from his relatively anonymous Prime Minister but thus far avoiding dramatic gestures such as opening the border with Gaza or throwing Camp David on the table. But as much as Morsi values solidifying relations with the U.S. and the international community. —Courtesy - FP.

Four Critical Tests Facing the Syrian Opposition RAMI G KHOURI

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OLLOWING a long political ne gotiating process in Qatar, the Syrian opposition created the new “National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition”. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Egypt, the United States, Germany, Italy, and France have already recognized the Coalition as the legitimate Syrian government. However, the real legitimacy of what critics have dubbed the “made-in-Doha-and-Washington puppet” needs to be obtained in Syria on the ground. The rapid developments in recent days in the world of the Syrian opposition groups fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar Assad will be a game-changer if the new coalition of opposition forces actually becomes a unified opposition movement that achieves four critical and linked goals: (1) coordinating internal military action, (2) generating legitimate and credible local governance bodies in areas liberated from government control, (3) connecting with Alawites, senior security personnel and other regime supporters to convince them of their safety in a post-Assad Syria, and (4) managing a rising flow of international diplomacy and aid. That is a tall order, but for the country and ancient culture that gave the world its first alphabet and musical notations, among other wonders, it is doable. The new “National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian Opposition” was agreed upon during a weekend marathon negotiation and political pressure cooker in Doha, Qatar. This kind of reconciliation and consensus-building exercise has now become a hallmark of the dynamic Qatari approach to resolving thorny issues among Lebanese, Palestinians, Yemenis, Sudanese and now Syrians: lock the recalcitrant participants in a luxury hotel for a few days, shower them with fine hospitality and promises of substantial aid in the future, focus the world’s media and political attention on them, and tell them they cannot leave until they have reached an agreement. The Syrian opposition coalition that was born through this kind of Qatari midwifery faces many hurdles, but it also carries the hopes of tens of millions of Syrians and hundreds of millions of Arabs who wish to see it prevail. This is

an easy step, but we will soon discover if it is also meaningful. The single most delicate aspect of the opposition coalition: It is vulnerable to being seen as a made-in-Doha-and-Washington puppet of the United States and the Gulf states, without sufficient legitimacy on the ground inside Syria, where the fate of Syria will be decided. Events in the coming month will be critical to bolstering the credibility and legitimacy of the coalition, by providing it with major diplomatic recognition, isolating the Assad

and focus on developing that, while its other tasks lag behind. Forging an effective, unified Syrian opposition that can topple the Assad family regime is not like building a Lego house, one brick at a time. Events are moving so quickly inside and around Syria that if the opposition coalition does not gain traction quickly it will be overtaken by other smaller groups working on the ground inside Syria, including tribal, ethnic, nationalist, Islamist, Salafist and purely local groups, some

regime internationally, increasing humanitarian aid flows inside Syria, and

of whom are in the new coalition. The tendency in the struggle to liberate

It has already been recognized as the legitimate Syrian government by heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, the United States, Germany, Italy, and France. Pulling recognition from the Assad family regime and bestowing it upon this new opposition coalition is one of the few safe moves that foreign countries can make, given their hesitancy in offering serious weaponry to the opposition groups for fear of promoting the fortunes of Islamists among them. prodding a more effective military resistance strategy. If these things happen more or less simultaneously, the coalition will earn the legitimacy inside Syria that is crucial for its success. If not, it will flounder and dissipate, and conditions in Syria will stagger along at their current harsh pace. It is not realistic to take one aspect of the coalition’s tasks — such as military action or diplomatic recognition —

Syria from its current rulers is for many separate efforts to proceed simultaneously, which weakens them all. We have seen in the last six months half a dozen groups around the world working on post-Assad transition plans, three groups that flirted with forming governments-in-exile, at least three leading political opposition movements inside. —Courtesy - Middle East Online.

Advice to President Obama for a second term JIM HOAGLAND

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R. President, your second term could be a time of big deals with the Republi cans at home and with major powers abroad: China, Europe, the Arabs and Israelis, perhaps Iran and/or Russia. But to accomplish this, you need to make one essential change in how you operate. For all your talents and discipline, you have not demonstrated in your first term a great gift for negotiating. Your deep personal involvement in the nitty-gritty of budget talks with the Republicans or of climatechange diplomacy with the Chinese ended in damaging failure. Your successes — from passing health-care legislation to killing Osama bin Laden — have stemmed from your analytical and decision-making abilities, practiced unilaterally and from a distance. You are an accomplished athlete as well as poker player. Those activities and your determined, competitive nature demand victory, not compromise with opponents who get something they need at the end of the day. This leads to my (no doubt unwelcome) suggestion: Name experienced, able negotiators to head the State Department and Treasury and then let them do the essential lifting and hauling of bargaining. Reserve your prestige and power to be applied only at the final deal-making moment. You should not be wading into details from the outset and making success a matter of all-or-nothing, highly personalized triumph. In his recent book, “The Price of Politics,” Bob Woodward portrays you doing just that in your talks with House Speaker John Boehner. Woodward’s reporting reminds me of the accounts I heard at the time from foreign and U.S. officials of your — shall we say, assertive — handling of the Chinese delegation at the Copenhagen climate-change conference three years ago, which also ended with dismal results. Your personal diplomacy in the Middle East unrealistically raised and then abruptly dashed Arab hopes while antagonizing the Israelis — a not inconsiderable, if unintended, feat. On Iran, you have been far more successful at applying pressure than at getting serious negotiations started. Your administration’s one major success abroad, the New Start Treaty with Russia, has not proved to be a building block for better relations with Russia’s reflux president, Vladimir Putin. But conditions are promising for a better second term, in part because of positions you have taken over the past four years. Your military rebalancing toward Asia gives you cards to play with China’s new leadership, which also needs U.S. cooperation in stabilizing the

open global trade and financial systems that reward China so amply. The rapid

A final thought: You could exert a moderating influence on your loyal

Europe also has financial problems that dictate more, not less, cooperation with the United States, including on Iran, Syria and the new governments coming out of the Arab season of turmoil. Iran’s economy is being badly damaged by sanctions you have put in place and by cyberwar, forcing the ayatollahs into a corner from which they have to deal or lash out. growth of domestic energy sources here at home means that in five years the United States will need the Middle East less while China will need that

opposition in Congress by nominating an experienced Republican to State or Treasury (as John F. Kennedy did by naming Douglas Dillon to the latter

region’s oil exports — and political stability there — more. China’s workingage population, and thus its ability to support a larger safety net for senior citizens, begins to decline in about five years. Perhaps the most interesting financial trend is the projected 15-fold expansion this year — to $8 billion — in Chinese direct investment in the United States. Watch that space. You may, however, have to meet Iranian defiance with increased military pressure before you can get a deal. As Abraham Sofaer of the Hoover Institution points out in his new book, “Taking on Iran,” Iran has in the past responded to U.S. firmness, including military action, with greater accommodation. Elsewhere, Palestinians and Israelis are rediscovering anew, as they do at least once a decade, the bloody dead end they create by refusing to talk of peace. The missile defense deal you want with Putin is not in the cards, I understand from Moscow sources, because of the Russian leader’s refusal to compromise on that subject. But the continuing erosion of Russia’s economy and Putin’s political support could make him more amenable on other subjects, including arms control and energy.

post). Bob Zoellick could do either job credibly, as could Bob Kimmitt, to name but two candidates. It would ease the path of the most urgent and important negotiations that you must now oversee but not conduct yourself — finding a way down from the fiscal cliff. Woodward’s reporting reminds me of the accounts I heard at the time from foreign and U.S. officials of your shall we say, assertive handling of the Chinese delegation at the Copenhagen climate-change conference three years ago, which also ended with dismal results. Your personal diplomacy in the Middle East unrealistically raised and then abruptly dashed Arab hopes while antagonizing the Israelis a not inconsiderable, if unintended, feat. On Iran, you have been far more successful at applying pressure than at getting serious negotiations started. Your administration’s one major success abroad, the New Start Treaty with Russia, has not proved to be a building block for better relations with Russia’s reflux president, Vladimir Putin. —Courtesy - Washington Post. [Jim Hoagland is a contributing editor to The Post. His e-mail address is jimhoagland@washpost.com].

America’s Prudent Pivot

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AR from destabilizing Asia, a bolstered U.S. presence soft ens the instability regional changes create. The Obama administration is pivoting en masse this week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just been in Australia and Singapore, the recently signed-up hosts of, respectively, U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. Soon President Barack Obama will build on the diplomatic momentum when he visits Thailand, Burma and Cambodia. He will be joined by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, whose presence underscores the security focus of Washington’s Asia initiative. But is this a case of rebalancing or overbalancing? The plan certainly has its detractors, with critics suggesting that the pivot is all a waste of time – or worse, that it’s harmful to the security of the United States. Among them is Robert Ross, who argues in the latest Foreign Affairs that the pivot is “unnecessary and counterproductive”. James Holmes has already pointed out elsewhere on The Diplomat that Ross makes some rather bold assumptions about the U.S. military’s capability advantages over the PLA. But what about Ross’s other, strategic arguments? Ross main gripe is that the U.S. pivot will provoke China into behaving more aggressively, rather than helping to restrain it. He says:– “The new U.S. policy unnecessarily compounds Beijing’s insecurities and will only feed China’s aggressiveness, undermine regional stability, and decrease the possibility of cooperation between Beijing and Washington.” But there’s another way of looking at it: That the pivot to Asia is the ultimate compliment that Washington could possibly have paid to an insecure, rising power that is deeply image-conscious and uncertain of its status. After all, this is really a pivot to China, not to Asia. The pivot gives China the affirmation that it craves – membership of a presumptive G2, and a level of recognition, of face, that should promote, rather than frustrate, peer-level cooperation. Sino-U.S. cooperation only becomes difficult for China when the U.S. crosses specific red lines, such as by directly intervening in a dispute between China and another state in the region. The U.S. has not done this and has no desire to, because

the pivot is a status-quo policy. It is all about preserving the red lines as they currently exist (including China’s), about broadly maintaining the region’s current geopolitical structure in the face of the stresses created by China’s emergence, and about preserving U.S. power more or less in its current form. Ross thinks that the pivot threatens regional stability. But what is instability, if not unwelcome change? It is the advent of an assertive and unrestrained China that strikes Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and others in the region as an unwelcome change, not the increased U.S. presence designed to counter it. That’s why they all support making the pivot happen. The pivot is all about preserving the stability and security that the region currently enjoys, by ensuring that China’s rise shifts the regional balance but does not upend it entirely. Ross doesn’t see it this way, however. He thinks that the pivot is increasing the likelihood of conflict in the Asia-Pacific. He says: “…the Obama administration’s pivot has not

gion, chiefly Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam. The pivot did not cause these disputes. However, a robust U.S. presence in the region does act as a firebreak between tension and conflict when these disputes flare up. The pivot means that that firebreak will remain effective, even as the Chinese military becomes more powerful. Finally, Ross damns the pivot as being entirely self-defeating: “Herein lies the great irony of the pivot: a strategy that was meant to check a rising China has sparked its combativeness and damaged its faith in cooperation.” I like the sound of this pivot-less world which Ross imagines. It is one in which China is no longer combative: It is nice to Japan and the Philippines, and listens to their points of view on territorial matters, all because it no longer feels targeted by the U.S. It is a world in which China puts faith in cooperation with Washington: It sees that the U.S. is willing to move aside to accommodate its rise, and out of respect for that position identifies the U.S. as a country that it can work with not out of necessity, but out of choice.

contributed to stability in Asia. Quite the opposite: it has made the region more tense and conflict-prone.” This is a misleading characterization: East Asia may be tense, but it is not conflict-prone. The recent tensions to which he refers have resulted from confrontations (none of which escalated into conflicts) between China and other countries in the re-

But that isn’t the world we’re living. In the end, Ross has it the wrong way round. It is China that is changing the Asia-Pacific, not the U.S. and its pivot. The U.S. can seek to soften these inevitable changes, or it can sit back and hope for the best. The latter approach sounds risky: Pivoting is prudence. — Courtesy - The Diplomat.


Raiwind Tablighi Ijtima ends

International air show

Pakistan JF-17 Thunders performance superb at Zhuhai

RAIWIND—The second fourday Raiwind Tablighi Ijtima (religious gathering) on Sunday ended on a high note with prayer in morning. People who attended the congregation left for homes after final collective prayer. They participants listened to sermons delivered by religious clerics and performed rituals. At the concluding session of the gathering, Haji Abdul Wahab spoke for more than one hour while Amir Jamaat Maulana Zubair Hasan held collected Dua in which he told Muslims to wake up from their sleep.— Online

PIA plane makes emergency landing From Page 1 hours with 168 passengers and LAHORE: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif reviewing the pace of work on Metro Bus Project on Sunday. crew on board. The pilot soon felt some technical fault in his plane’s engine No.1 and reported to land back. The plane returned here at 12.08 hours in a normal and safe manner,” said the CAA spokesman. All 168 passengers on board From Page 1 were safely evacuated, he con“on the table,” but that the At least five Israelis were firmed.—Agencies From Page 1 country’s leaders have not yet hinted at alliance with Imran wounded in a rocket attack on the city of Ashdod on Saturday, Hamas, the militant group that decided whether to deploy Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, and refused a possible patch-up according to a police spokes- rules Gaza. The Foreign Press troops into Gaza. Association in Israel issued a A nighttime lull in rocket with Peoples Party and Nawaz man. Following those attacks, letter expressing concern and fire from Gaza ended shortly Sharif. the military deployed an ‘Iron From Page 1 “I don’t wish to work with Dome’ rocket defense battery in noting that a United Nations after 8 a.m. as rockets landed in those parties who have been Security Council resolution says Ashkelon and Eshkol, southern has the authority to invite the central Israel on Saturday. “We are extracting a heavy that journalists covering conflict Israeli cities. Around 10:30 a.m., tested by the people of Pakistan. head of the state or any promiPeople’s Party and Nawaz nent personality to address a price from Hamas and the ter- civilians that must be protected. the artillery warning siren in Tel league have been tested time and The Israeli military said the Aviv rang out seconds before a special session of the assembly. ror organizations,” Israeli Prime again so an alliance with a fresh He said that he had dis- Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sites struck overnight included long-range rocket was blasted political force is on cards,” the a “communications antenna overhead by the country’s anticussed the agenda for the spe- said Sunday during the opening former president said in his incial session with the opposition session of the weekly cabinet used by Hamas to carry out ter- missile system, known as Iron terview to an Indian newspaper. rorist activity.” In a statement, Dome. Local media reported meeting. “The army is prepared and that all members of the asHe said that he had founded sembly would welcome the to significantly expand the op- it said it also hit dozens of un- that a vehicle struck by debris a party to contest general elecderground rocket launchers and caught on fire. eration.” president.—Agencies At the start of a three-day tions in Pakistan, “but some The sites hit in Gaza early a Hamas training base. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli trip to Southeast Asia, President quarters did not want it. They are Sunday included buildings used by Britain’s Sky News channel military spokeswoman said Sun- Obama said at a news confer- putting hurdles in my return to and the Dubai-based pan-Arab day that the media buildings ence in Bangkok on Sunday that Pakistan.” Musharraf said nuclearbroadcaster al-Arabiya, the struck included key Hamas com- Israel has a right to defend itself, the Associated Press re- armed India and Pakistan need news organizations reported. At munication infrastructure. From Page 1 “The target was not journal- ported. “No country on Earth to “bury the hatchet” and settle least six journalists were aged, while windows of nearby wounded, according to a health ists,” she told reporters in would tolerate missiles raining their differences to reduce povbuildings were also shattered. ministry spokesman in Gaza Jerusalem. “The journalists in down” on its people, Obama erty and ease tensions in the rethese buildings were serving as said, and a resolution to the con- gion. Later police and Rangers quoted by wire services. He said Kashmir issue is sealed off the area and started flict “starts with no missiles beOne of the buildings was human shields for Hamas.” “root cause of disputes”, which Leibovich said the prospect rescue activities. ing fired into Israel’s terriused by al-Quds channel, which must be resolved as it provides According to police offi- serves as a mouthpiece for of a ground operation remains tory.”—Agencies fuel to extremism in his councials, the bomb had been placed try. on a motorcycle. They said that “It is high time we open our six kilograms of explosive maeyes to reality,” said Musharraf, terial was used in the attack. who has lived in exile in Dubai and London since stepping down in 2008.—NNI

Israel strikes media buildings in Gaza

Musharraf signals alliance with PTI

Zardari addresses KP Assembly

Two dead, 23 injured

Roadside bombs kill five in N Waziristan From Page 1

In the Shin Qamar area of the Khyber tribal region, at least three labourers were killed and three wounded Sunday in an explosion caused by a roadside bomb, said senior local official. He said the bomb went off as the labourers, who were carrying construction material on mules, passed by.—Agencies

Altaf condemns From Page 1 The MQM chief said that Islam does not allow hatred of anybody and that he does not fear death over raising his voice over the rights of Palestinians. “The murder of innocent children in Gaza must stop immediately,” he said.—Agencies

CM orders recovery of two girls STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A complainant Muhammad Amin resident of Walton met Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Model Town, here Sunday and informed him that three months ago, his two daughters were abducted from his house who have not been recovered as yet. He told the Chief Minister that he is a labourer and earns his livelihood through labour but due to abduction of his daughters, his life has become dark. He requested the Chief Minister for early recovery of his daughters. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif ordered the police officials present on the occasion to recover both the abducted girls within a week and hand them over to their parents. He said that the persons involved in this case should be taken to task. The Chief Minister said that the police should perform this task by considering it as a challenge. Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of life, property and honour of the people is the responsibility of the police and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.

PM inaugurates trade exhibition today

ing Pakistan as a business destination‚ while underscoring the linkage of democracy with peace and development. President Asif Ali Zardari will inaugurate and chair the Summit session that will focus on theme “Democratic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity”. President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi‚ President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono‚ President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‚ President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan‚ and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the Summit. Malaysia is likely to be represented by Deputy Prime Minister‚ while Bangladesh by its Foreign Minister. The Summit will focus on trade promotion through implementation of agreements on preferential trade and visa facilitation for businessmen. Pakistan will stress to put in place a mechanism to facilitate private sector cooperation once D-8 finalized modalities to implement three framework agreements on visa‚ customs matters and preferential trade agreement. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf‚ following the inauguration of the D-8 Trade Exhibition on Monday‚ will open the D-8

Tripartite Syria meeting From Page 1 November 22, an important tripartite consultative meeting over Syrian crisis would be held among Turkey, Iran and Egypt, reports said quoting Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson. The initiative has been taken by Iran and endorsed by Turkey and Egypt. It carries additional diplomatic significance that the tripartite consultation is taking place in Pakistan, the Iranian diplomat said. “The best way out of the ongoing crisis in Syria is cooperation among countries to stop violence,” the Iranian spokesperson is quoted to have told reporters in Tehran. The “crisis in Syria should be resolved without foreign interference”. On behalf of the UN the veteran international diplomat Mr Lakhdar Brahimi is shuttling between Middle East and UN Security Council.

From Page 1 Business Forum on November 20. Both events will be the flagship events of the D-8 Summit to be attended by top corporate leaders from Pakistan and other members of the Group. Pakistan will take over the chairmanship of the D-8 for the next two years until 2014. The Summit will adopt the Organization’s Charter and its Global Vision. The leaders will witness the signing of the Charter by the Foreign Ministers at a special ceremony and also adopt Islamabad Declaration 2012‚ reaffirming their joint resolve to make concerted efforts to confront common challenges. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will hold bilateral meetings with visiting leaders on the sidelines of the Summit. The event will also witness visit of an Egyptian President after four decades and that of a Nigerian leader after around 28 years. According to a foreign office statement‚ the visit of D-8 leaders to Pakistan will open new vistas for expanding trade and investment relations with all D-8 countries. Foreign Ministers‚ senior government officials‚ governors

of central banks‚ heads of trade promotion organizations‚ business leaders and exhibitors will participate in the main and sideline activities. Preparatory meetings of the D-8 Council of Ministers‚ comprising the Foreign Ministers and chaired by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar‚ will be convened on November 21‚ while the D-8 Commission will be convened on November 19-20. D-8 is a multilateral grouping of eight emerging economies of the Muslim world and represents different regions with a combined population of around one billion and a market of about one trillion dollars. The member countries envisage increasing intra D-8 trade to over US$ 500 billion by 2018. The foreign office statement further said the Islamabad Summit will not only contribute towards enhancing Pakistan’s image and standing but will also highlight international community’s growing confidence in the democratic Pakistan‚ particularly for forging business-to-business relations and public-private-partnerships. Foreign Minister Khar would brief the press on the Summit and its objectives on Monday.

Muharram arrangements

Police directed to keep vigilant watch on terrorists STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab and Chairman Cabinet Committee Moharram-ul-Haram, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that police and other security agencies should keep a vigilant eye on terrorists and criminal elements and ensure effective arrangements for public protection during Moharram at all costs. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee for security arrangements during Moharram-ul-Haram, here Sunday. Advisor to CM, Jehanzaib Barki, Member National As-

sembly Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Secretary Home Shahid Khan, Secretary Auqaf, Additional Secretary Information Syed Tahir Raza Hamdani, senior police officers, Commissioner Lahore Division and senior officers of Specail Branch and other concerned departments were also present on the occasion. Senator Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that provision of security and other facilities to the mourning processions and Majalis during Moharram is the responsibility of the government and administration and in this regard administration and police should keep close contact from thana to division level.

ZHUHAI —Curtains were lowered for the 9th China International Aviation and Aero-space Exhibition here on Sunday with an impressive participation of Pakistani JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft. The 6-day exhibition, that was largely participated by customers and experts from aviation industry was declared closed by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Zhuhai Municipality, Mr Wang Guangquan. A day before start of the exhibition, on November 12, The Pakistan Air Force along with CATIC, jointly won the coveted “Aerospace Laureate 2012 Awards” for working together on a successful aircraft development and production program. It was jointly received by the Chief Project Director JF-17 Programme Air Vice-Marshal Javed Ahmed and Mr. Li Pei, Chief Project Director of China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) in the presence of a large num-ber of guests and media. CATIC, is a large scale state-owned conglomerate with aviation products & tech-nology import and export as its core business. Headquartered in Beijing, CATIC has 7 specialized companies and 10 regional subsidiaries in China and 56 overseas branches worldwide. With its total assets of up to RMB 24 billion and accumulated import and export volume of US $24 billion thus far, CATIC ranks among the first 20 of China’s top 500 enterprises for import and export. “This is a big achievement and acknowledgement for Paki-

tors and international media. The JF-17 Thunder is an all weather, multi-role, light combat aircraft that has the potential to be the main stay & work horse of any Air Force. The design of JF-17 air-craft is based on modern concepts of aerodynamics. The aircraft is equipped with a digital fly-by-wire flight control system that gives it the agility in all regimes of the operational flight envelope. It has a complete glass cockpit, excellent man-machine interface and modern self–protection suite, which enhance combat potential and sur-vivability of the aircraft. It is equipped with fourth generation avionics systems, wide range of conventional & smart weapons, long range glide bombs, Beyond Visual Range & short range Air-to-Air missiles, Anti-Ship missile and Air-toSurface mis-siles. The aircraft requires remarkably short lengths of runway for take-off & landing, which offers flexibility of aircraft operations at short air strips. Shortly, the aircraft will also have Air-to-Air refuelling capability, which will further enhance its combat potential and employment options. The aviation exhibition featured 650 companies from China and other countries, with more than 100 plane-related products on show. The mayor thanked the PAF for sending its contingent to the show and praised the aircraft performance and service-ability during the show. He invited PAF to participate again at Zhuhai in 2014. The PAF team thanked the Chairman and the public of Zhuhai for their excellent hospital-ity.—Agencies

PTI members choose 500 party leaders for federal capital

ISLAMABAD—Over 62,000 voters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday wrote a new chapter in the country’s history by exercising their right to choose around 500 party leaders for the federal capital in the first-ever intra-party elections held in entire subcontinent, smashing the negative traditions of nominating the party office-bearers by the dictatorial party heads. Though over 70 per cent voters cast their votes through cell phones and SMS messages, around 41 polling stations were From Back Page established across the federal capital to facilitate those voters said. who either did not have access The Islands are not included to cell phones or did not know in Taiwan nor the Pescadores how to vote through the new Islands which Japan renounced under the San Francisco Peace Treaty signed in 1951. Since then, the Senkaku Islands have been placed under the administration control of the United States as part of the Nansei Shoto Islands. The administrative rights over the islands were SALIM AHMED reverted to Japan in accordance with the agreement between Ja- LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minpan and the United states con- ister Muhammad Shahbaz cerning the Ryukyu Islands and Sharif has said that Metro Bus the Daito Islands signed in 1971, is not just a project but a great Japanese diplomat said. mission and all out resources are In 1968, the possibility being utilized for its early was indicated that petroleum completion. resources are held under the He said that metro bus sea around the Senkaku Is- project is a unique project in the lands, which urged China to history of the country which will make its claims about territo- revolutionize transport culture rial sovereignty of them, he and economical, comfortable claimed. and speedy transport facilities However, he said Japan will become available to the does not wish to see this issue common man. adversely affect overall JapanHe said that though difficulChina relations. The transfer of ties are being faced due to conthe ownership is the best and struction work but these are temmost practical way from a broad porary and will soon be replaced perspective of Japan-China re- by permanent relief. lations to ensure the continued The Chief Minister directed peaceful and stable maintenance that planning should be made for and management of the islands over the long term, Toshikazu Isomura said.

Japan ready to settle dispute through dialogue

stan and China for co-operation in their joint effort for the promotion of aviation industry”, remarked Group Captain Tariq Mahmod, Director Media, Pakistan Air Force while talking to APP. In addition to the impressive aerobatic and static display, PAF had also setup a stall at the exhibition, where the intending customers were briefed about the significant characteristics of the fighter plane and the weapons it can carry. Earlier last week, three JF17 Thunders specially flew from an operational Base in Pakistan, stopped in two cities for refueling or due to inclement weather before reach-ing Zhuhai. As the JF-17 roared in the sky for aerial display and aerobatic show, thousands of visitors, customers, experts and media persons were enthralled by skills of the PAF fighter pilots and performance of the aircraft. Pakistan Air Force contingent at Zhuhai was led by Air Vice Marshal Javaid Ahmed, who is also Chief Project Director for the JF-17 Programme. The JF-17 made its debut at Farnborough Air Show in 2010, when two JF-17s flew all the way from Pakistan to Farnborough, UK. Four months later in Nov’10, three JF-17s flew over to China to participate in Zhuhai Air Show, where the aircraft made its first ever aerobatics display. In Jun’ 11, three JF-17s participated in aerobatics and static display in 100years Celebrations of Turkish Air Force and subsequently three JF-17s also participated in Dubai Air Show in Oct’ 11. At all these Air Shows, the JF-17 attracted intense focus of visi-

technology gadgets. The voting process would continue till 12:00 am on Monday while the results would be announced on Monday afternoon by Chief Election Commissioner PTI, Hamid Khan. It was also for the first time that the voters exercised their right to vote through modern gadgets and information technology - paving the way for a new, transparent system of voting where the voters were able to choose their leadership without any fear or favour. PTI chief Imran Khan congratulated the PTI workers for taking part in the first-ever intra-party election through modern technology, stating that the

PTI would get rid of the family control in the political parties. “This is a historic day today. The PTI workers have laid foundation of change and a new Pakistan would emerge from these polls with the no place for political monarchs, “ he remarked. PTI leaders Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Shafqat Mahmood, Ayla Malik and others visited polling stations in the federal capital. Talking to reporters, Javed Hashmi said that this was a great day when the PTI workers gave a message to other political workers that they should also get rid of the rotten culture preventing in the political parties.— Online

Metro Bus Project to revolutionise transport environment: Shahbaz the use of solar energy at the bus stations to be constructed for metro bus service. He expressed these views while reviewing the pace of work on metro bus project during his more than four hour visit to the project, here Sunday. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Member Provincial Assembly Hafiz Mian Nauman, Director General LDA Ahad Cheema and Project Director Sibtain Fazal Haleem accompanied the Chief Minister. Talking to the people at various places during his visit, the Chief Minster said that the elements criticizing public welfare projects are not interested in solution of people’s problems but only want to fill their pockets. Therefore, he said, instead

of spending funds on peoples’ welfare, worst corruption and loot was carried out under the rule of the last government. He said had resources been spent on the progress and prosperity of the masses, there would not have been such problems. He said that public service is his mission and all out resources are being spent on the provision of facilities to the people. He said that if public service is a crime, he will commit this crime a thousand times. He said that metro bus service was a dream which will soon be realized. He said that work is continuing round the clock on this splendid project of public interest and its completion will give a new identity to Lahore as well as modernize public transport system.

US diplomat held, freed at Karachi airport KARACHI—An American diplomat was held at Karachi Airport, after recovering pistol rounds from his luggage, on Sunday. Media reported that the US diplomat had to leave for Islamabad, on the PIA flight. The security officials recovered pistol rounds from his luggage, and held the diplomat for investigations. The US diplomat stated that unconsciously the rounds were included in the luggage. And, upon written regret the airport administration freed the US dip- LAHORE: Customers buying religious rings and other items from a shop near Bibi Pak Daman mazar. lomat.—Online


Turkmenistan pushes trans-Afghan pipeline ASHGABAT—Turkmenistan is

FIA to get Ismail arrest warrant I SLAMABAD —FIA has decided to seek arrest warrants of former establishment secretary Ismail Qureshi. According to FIA sources, Ismail Qureshi had made appointment of Zain Sukhera, friend of Abdul Qadir Gilani against the rules and regulations. FIA team has collected all evidence related to this process. —NNI

JI responsible for corruption in KP DIR BALA—Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman, addressing a rally, has asked the Chief Justice to take notice of the law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the pattern it had taken in Karachi and Balochistan. He held Jamaat-e-Islami responsible for corruption in KP government.—Online

GAZA CITY: Smoke rises after bombing by Israeli forces on Sunday.

TV journalist shot dead in Panjgoor PANJGOOR —Unknown motorcyclists gunned down a private TV channel reporter Rehmatullah Abid on Sunday. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf condemning the killing of journalist Rehmatullah Abid has ordered the authorities to immediately arrest the killers. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani taking notice of the incident has ordered investigation into the incident. Chief Minister also announced one million rupees for the family of deceased journalist.—SANA

Sino-Japan Islands row

Japan ready to settle dispute through dialogue LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—Japan is ready to settle issue of sovereignty over Islands in East China Sea, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. During informal interaction with mediamen here, Toshikazu Isomura, Counsellor, Public Affairs Section of embassy of Japan said despite the flared up situation

on the issue, Japan will continue to make efforts through talks as it is essential for the peace and stability of East Asia. He said Japan had thoroughly conducted surveys of the Senkaku Islands from 1885, through which it was confirmed that the Islands had showed no trace of having been under the control of the Qing Dynasty of China.

Based on this confirmation, a Cabinet decision was made in Japan in January, 1895, and formally incorporated the islands into the territory of the country. These measures were taken under international law. Since then, the Senkaku Islands have been under the valid control of Japan, he

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pushing ahead with plans to build a hugely ambitious pipeline to transport its gas through conflict-torn Afghanistan to India and Pakistan, despite concerns about the viability of the project. Turkmen officials speaking at Oil and Gas Conference in Ashgabat took every opportunity to talk up the pipeline while showing less interest in a similar project that would transport gas across the Caspian Sea to the EU. The TAPI (TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan-India) natural gas pipeline, which is backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is regarded with suspicion as a wildly ambitious pipedream by some analysts. “The realisation of the TAPI pipeline project will allow an increase in exports of Turkmen gas,” President Gurbanguly

Bal Thackeray last rites held M UMBAI —Hundreds of thousands of grieving supporters thronged the streets of Mumbai on Sunday for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims. Nearly 20,000 policemen were on hand because of the violent history of the group. The mourners, however, remained calm and orderly as the body of Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji park.—AP

Berdymukhamedov was quoted as saying in a formal statement for the conference. Sakhatmurad Mamedov, head of the state-owned company Turkmengaz, announced that the project had been “successfully pushed forward” in roadshows held in September with potential investors in Singapore, New York and London. “The realisation of the TAPI project will give an impulse to the development of the countries taking part in the project and will also strengthen stability in the region as well as creating new jobs,” he said. The 1,700kilometre pipeline aims to transport more than 30 billion cubic metres of gas annually from Turkmenistan to consumers in Pakistan and India and relieve shortages in Afghanistan. Turkmenistan in May inked sale-purchase agreements with India and Pakistan for the yet-to-be-built pipeline

in a move hailed by the United States as a boost for regional integration. Much of the pipeline will go through Afghanistan which neighbours both Turkmenistan and Pakistan but remains wracked by violence and instability. According to the ADB, the TAPI in 2008 was estimated to cost at least $7.6 billion and the partners now face the task of attracting commercial partners to build, finance, and operate the pipeline. The project enjoys the support of the United States, which is keen to deter subcontinent states from dependency on energy supplies from its arch foe Iran. Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Lynne Tracy told the conference that Washington welcomed the progress made on the project even if the road ahead was a long one.—AP


Meditation can stave off cold and flu: Study

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EDITATION can be extremely ef fective at preventing winter ail ments like cold and flu, according to a new research. Adults who meditated or did moderately intense exercise, such as a brisk walk, for eight weeks suffered fewer colds than those who did nothing, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin?Madison. Previous research has found that mindfulness meditation may improve mood, decrease stress, and boost immune function. Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India. The new study divided 149 people into three groups. One performed mindful meditation, a type of meditation that essentially involves focusing the mind on the present, the Daily Mail reported.Another group jogged regularly for eight weeks while the third group did nothing. The researchers then followed the health of the volunteers through the winter from September to May, although they didn‘t check whether or not people carried on exercising or meditating after the eight?week period. The participants were observed for cold and flu symptoms such as a runny

nose, stuffiness, sneezing, and sore throat. Nasal wash samples were collected and analysed three days after the symptoms began. The study, found that meditators missed 76 per cent fewer days of work from September through to May than those who did nothing. Those who had exercised missed 48 per cent fewer days during this period. In addition, mindful meditation can reduce the duration or severity of acute respiratory infections such by up to 50 per cent, and exercise by up to 40 per cent. According to the website Scientific America, those who had exercised or meditated suffered for an average of five days; colds of participants in the control group lasted eight. In addition, tests confirmed that the self-reported length of colds correlated with the level of antibodies in the body, which indicate the presence of a virus. “Nothing has previously been shown to prevent acute respiratory infections,” said lead author Dr Bruce Barrett, a family medicine doctor and associate professor at the University. “A lot of previous information suggested that meditation and exercise might have prevention benefits, but no high-quality, randomised trial had been done,” Barrett said.

ISLAMABAD: An attractive view of tree leaves changing their colour during autumn season in Federal Capital.

Kiosk owners encroach upon state land I SLAMABAD —A large number of kiosk owners, in blatant violation of the rules of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), have encroached upon the state land in different sectors of the Federal Capital. The allottees have encroached upon the land beyond the approved 10X10 size of kiosks by setting up additional shops, sheds and huts. The owner of a kiosk, situated close to the I-9 Police Station, has grabbed the CDA land by setting up sheds, huts and car parking to enhance his business. The small kiosk has been turned

IMCB, F-7/3, shows poor performance

into a big restaurant where a large number of customers can be seen buying cooked food. The owner has also made several huts for ‘families’ and placed ‘charpais’ for their customers, besides setting up a big car parking on the state land. Another kiosk allottee in I-10 Markaz has also encroached upon some parts of a nearby park. Some of the restaurant owners have even set up stalls on the busy footpaths and open spaces creating problems for the pedestrians. Similarly, a person, who has been allotted a kiosk in

Model College for Boys F-7/3 has declined from 1st to 11th position due to poor performance of college. Hundreds of students failed in SSC and Intermediate examinations 2011-12 instead of taking prominent grades. According to details, college had a prominent position in the Federal Capital area but now it was losing its credibility. Sources told the Online that because of inexperienced teaching staff and a huge number of students is failing instead of taking positions in the educational board.—Online

the Supreme Court for investigation of Dr Arsalan Iftikhar case would conduct the hearing of the contempt of court case against the Business Tycoon Malik Riaz today (Monday) for mocking the commission. It is worth mentioning here that after appearing before the Shoaib Suddle Commission, Malik Riaz submitted his written reply on November 13 and later on addressing a press conference and leveled allegations on the Commission. Upon the allegations leveled by the Malik Riaz, the

AIOU’s student achieves special distinction I SLAMABAD —A student of M.Sc (Chemistry) of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Syeda Aatika Gillani won first position at the 25th National Annual Science Competition held under the specious of National Museum of Science and Technology, Lahore. She produced a special model on “steroids detection development” which was declared the best one in the competition. Three other girls’ students of AIOU, Sidra Nawaz, Zartasha Naseem and Syeda Bushra were awarded special prizes for their jointly producing the Chemistry Research Medicinal Model. The work of these students was supervised by Dr. Uzma Younus and Dr. Muhammad Zaman Ashraf of AIOU. The awards were given to the students at a special ceremony held in Lahore where the Vice-Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi was the Chief Guest. It was the first time that AIOU students participated in the competition which was taking place from the last twenty five years. In a message, the ViceChancellor AIOU congratulated the students and Academic Staff of the Chemistry Department for achieving the distinction. He said that AIOU will launch a special programme to encourage such students and promoting Science education in the country.—APP

the greenbelt between Sabzi Mandi and I-10/1 Sector, has also set up a tyre shop and a hotel on the state land. The owner of a tea stall in the greenbelt near the gas pump has also encroached upon the government land. When contacted, a CDA official said that a high level committee had already been set up by the Chairman in order to purge the Federal Capital of encroachments. He said that notices had been issued to around 500 allottees of kiosks for violating the rules. A ban has also been imposed on the allotment of kiosks, he added.— APP I SLAMABAD —District Bar Association (DBA) Islamabad will observe strike on Monday to condemn killing of lawyer in Rahimyr Khan district. The DBA spokesman, Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr. Chaudhry Khalid Hussain Shoaib Suddle on Thursday told APP that the strike was issued contempt of court being observed on the call of Punjab Bar Counsel (PBC) to notice to Malik Riaz. Shoaib Suddle said that protest murder of senior High they would complete the in- Court lawyer Saeed Ahmad vestigations of the Dr Arslan Gopang in Rahimyar Khan. He said legal fraternity Iftikhar case without any fear of danger, adding that no in- strongly condemned rising justice would be done to any number of incidents targeting lawyers and thier families. one. Chaudhry Khalid said that It is also worth mentionlawyers would continue their ing that Dr Shoaib Suddle has summoned written reply struggle for rule of law in the from Malik Riaz up to Mon- country and such incidents day (tomorrow).It is also would not deter their resolve worth mentioning here that and determination for the cause Dr Shoaib Suddle has sum- of justice. Punjab Bar counsel moned written reply from is demanding arrest of culprits Malik Riaz up to Monday (to- involve in the killing of lawyer and ensuring protection of lemorrow).—SANA gal fraternity.—APP

Contempt proceedings against Malik Riaz today

ISLAMABAD—Shoaib Suddle I S L A M A B A D — I s l a m a b a d Commission constituted by

ISLAMABAD: People enjoying swing during ‘Islamabad Festival’ organized by Jamaat-e-Islami at F-9 Park.

Islamabad Bar to observe strike today

Measures to combat militants’ activities I SLAMABAD —The measures adopted by Federal and Provincial authorities to combat militants’ activities, have brought down such incidents during the last two months besides ensuring security to the citizens. The available data on Sunday revealed that within Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the concerned authorities established 29 halting points with break up of 12 in City Zone, nine in Saddar Zone and 10 in I-Area Zone. At these halting points, 51 vehicles have been deployed.

The data further revealed that from 1359 hours to 0600 hours the number of halting points, have been increased and rose to 126. At these halting points, 63 vehicles have been deployed to keep an eye over suspicious persons and vehicles to control the target killing. With regard to patrolling system within ICT, the data said it has also been revamped and 15 Falcons and 16 pairs of Eagle Motorcycle along with 6 Commandos vehicles have been deployed and working in three shifts

for surveillance. Besides this, time to time surveys of houses and places given on rent are being conducted at police station level to ascertain and keep an eye over their activities as well as to control the crime. Detailed surveys of Madaris situated within ICT have been carried out. Regarding naka-bandi, the data poited out that total 60 such points including City Zone 24, Saddar 18, Industrial Area 14 and Rural 4 have been established on various key points of ICT which are functioning round the clock.—APP

Film director Pervez Malik remembered ISLAMABAD—Director,

screenwriter and producer Pervaiz Malik was remembered today (Sunday) on his death anniversary. Pervaiz Malik with his hard work and discipline turned himself into one of this country’s most renowned, respectable and distinguished film directors. Pervaiz Malik’s directorial career spans over more than 40 years. His debut film was, Heera Aur Pathar, released in 1964 starring Waheed Murad. He was the first qualified film director of the country having a foreign degree. He also famously brought Talat Hussain in the dramatic role of an old doctor in the classic film Gumnam. His film Gumnam was screened at the Moscow Film Festival in 1987 and he was in ISLAMABAD: National flags of D8 countries installed at Constitution Avenue in con- attendance. nection with D8 countries summit. His last film was Shahzada in 1992. On November 18,2008, Pervaiz Malik passed away in Islamabad of cardiac failure.—APP

Death anniversary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz tomorrow STAFF REPORTER

University in Lahore‚ where accomplishments‚ including he obtained a degree in En- the publication of two books‚ I SLAMABAD —The 28th glish Literature‚ and went on Mairay Dil Mairay Musafir and Ghubar-e-Ayyam‚ which death anniversary of revohave since been translated to lutionary Urdu poet and several other languages earnone of the few legendary ing him international recognifigures of Pakistan Faiz tion for his works. Ahmad Faiz will be obHe wrote several inspiraserved on 20th November‚ tional pieces in both poetry 2012 (Tuesday) and prose‚ and became the One of the most prolific first Asian poet to be poets of the 20th century‚ awarded the Lenin Peace Faiz was known to have Prize in 1963‚ and was nomireached out‚ through his nated for the Nobel Prize. work‚ to the wealthy and to His open expression of those less fortunate alike. revolutionary ideas‚ howDubbed the ‘voice of a revoever‚ was not without its lution’‚ he extended an asyshare of consequences. Allum of sorts to the masses in a period where freedom of to pursue another master’s though Faiz was imprisoned speech was crushed to a degree in Arab Literature at several times‚ he spent his the Oriental College‚ also lo- life fighting for the cause of bare minimum. truth. He died on 20th NoThe poet graduated cated in Lahore. His tenure boasts several vember‚ 1984.—NNI from Government College

CJ LHC constitutes Pindi benches R AWALPINDI —To provide speedy justice, the Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial constituted two division benches (DB) and four single benches (SBs) for the Lahore High court Rawalpindi bench in the next week. According to schedule, DB no 1 will comprise on Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Ali Baqar Najifi while, DB no 2 will comprise on Justice Ch. Muhammad Younas and Justice Ibad- u- Rehman Lodhi. The divisional benches will hear the murder cases and appeals of all kinds. The four signal benches will comprise on Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Ch. Muhammad Younas, Justice Ibad-u-Rehman Lodhi and Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.—APP


Women Model United Nations

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November 19 SDPI-PILER Joint Seminar on Realising the Right to Social Security: Towards New Solutions, 3 pm in Margalla Hotel, Islamabad. ***** SEMINAR on ‘Realising the Right to Social Security: Towards New Solutions,’ jointly organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and Sustainable Development Police Institute speakers: Dr Saba Gul Khattak, Dr Pervez Tahir, and Taseer Alizai, at SDPI, 38,Embassy Road, Sector G-6/3, Islamabad, 3 pm to 6 pm. November 22 LAUNCH of a book ‘Sang Ras’ by Dr Ghulam Sarwar, at National Language Promotion Department (Muqtada Qaumi Zaban), Pitras Bokhari Road, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad, 10:30 am.

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Dr. Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman, Acting President of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has said that indeed the charter of the United Nation very noble and useful for peaceful co-existence of the humanity. It is the pioneer of human rights in the present

PIMS kidney transplant centre to start work after closure for years ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) kidney transplant centre, after closure for many years, is expected to be functional from next week. After closure of kidney transplant centre due shortage of funds some years back, the centre would start free of cost surgery of transplantation of kidney to poor patients.Executive Director PIMS, Dr Prof Riaz said that one patient would be provided the facility of kidney transplantation every week. He said that surgery would be provided free of cost but patients will have to fulfil rules and regulations of Human Organ Transplantation Authority.—INP

day, however, it should be clear that these rights were not given by the United Nation for the first time in the history because these are essential part and parcel of the Islamic Creed taught and guaranteed by the Qur’an as well as by the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) reserved the rights of all living creatures for the first time in the history of human

beings. He said that Holy Prophet (PBUH) commanded that it is the duty of each Muslim, male and female, to acquire knowledge. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 3-day event on “Women Model United Nations (IMUN)” organized by the Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) of the International Islamic Univer-

Funds necessary to make country Thalassemia free I SLAMABAD —The government patronage and public awareness is need of the hour to make the country free of dreaded disease of Thalassemia. Like other Asian countries thalassemia is amongst major health concerns in Pakistan.Thalassemia was a genetically transmitted blood disorder, which had affected millions of people around the world and its further proliferation could only be slashed down by avoiding intra-family marriages. After the devolution of Health Ministry after the 18th amendment, there was a dire need that provincial governments should allocate necessary funds for establishment of Thalassemia Centers to ensure health coverage and blood trans-

fusion services to the deserving patients in both the rural and urban areas of the country. Dr Wasim Khawaja, spokesman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) told this news agency that there are 10 million carriers of this disease who transmit it to the next generation. Economic cost of treatment of thalassemia is enormous. Experts say in our populace, around 6,000 to 8,000 new children are born with thalassemia every year, so this malady is a nuisance, increasing the “ill load” of our population. Pakistan is counted among those lessdeveloped countries where thalassemia patients are multiplying at a very fast rate.—APP

November 25 MAJLIS-e-Ashoor to be addressed by Khanum Tayyaba Bukhari, at Bargah-e-Alamdar, Sir Syed Road, Rawalpindi, 3 pm.

***** EXIBITION of ‘Thesis Display,’ organised by the Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, at the National Art Gallery, Sector F-5/1, Islamabad, 9 am to 5 pm, continuing up to November 22. ***** VISUAL art show featuring Japan’s Martial Arts titled ‘The Spirit of Budo’, organised by the Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation in collaboration, at the National Art Gallery, Sector F-5/1, Islamabad, continuing up to December 23.

8,000 cops to ensure security on Muharram R AWALPINDI —As many as 8000 cops have been deployed in District Rawalpindi to ensure security for Muharram Majalis and mourning processions. Rawalpindi police under its security strategy is making concerted efforts with the help of other departments concerned aimed at maintaining law and order and to avert any untoward incident. According to details, under the security plan formulated for Muharram-ul-Harram, leaves of all police personnel have been cancelled for the period from first Muharram to 10th Muharram. The security plan for Muharram was finalized in a special meeting held here. It was decided in the meeting that all departments concerned would made concerted efforts for the safety of the mourners. According to the spokesman of Rawalpindi Police, Ulema, Mushaiksh and religious scholars of different sects have also been taken on board to promote religious harmony.— APP

have expressed grave concerns over gas loadshedding and low pressure before winter affecting routine life of the citizens. According to details, domestic and CNG consumers in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and other areas are facing the problem of low pressure. Long queues of vehicles were seen at CNG stations which have opened their outlets for sale. In Peshawar, people of different areas of provincial capital including Dilazaq Road, Pajgi Road and Charsadda Road had to face extensive loadshedding and low pressure of gas. The gas loadshedding has also adversely the commercial activities depriving hundreds of people of livelihood. The citizens have demanded Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Company (SNGPC) and other authorities concerned to take steps for regularizing the gas supply.—INP

the three allied hospitals of Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, District Headquarters Hospital and Holy Family Hospital, are providing spurious medicines to the poor and deserving patients. RAWALPINDI: People are looking for books of their choice to buy at cheaper rates at Bank Road, Saddar.

Universal Children’s Day tomorrow

International togetherness and awareness among children STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year across the globe including Pakistan to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare. In some areas UNICEF holds events to draw particular attention to children’s rights. These may be to stimulate interest in the media around the world or to start nationwide campaigns, for instance on the importance of immunizations or breastfeeding.

On November 20, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children’s Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children. It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion. Many schools and other educational institutions make special efforts to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Teachers stimulate their pupils to think about the differences between themselves and others and explain

the idea of “rights”. In countries where the rights of children are generally well-respected, teachers may draw attention to situations in countries where this is not the case. Many countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, hold Universal Children’s Day events on November 20 to mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A key objective of Universal Children’s Day is to increase awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since its adoption by the United Nations, the Convention has been signed or ratified by more countries than any other international treaty.

time of Rightly Guided Caliphs. He added that while looking into the useful programs of the UN do not fail to look into the ways and means as how to ensure the implementation of its useful programs in all cases, especially in the case of long ignored unsettled issues of Kashmir and Palestine, so that the world can become a better place to live

for all. Zafar Baigh, Principal Advisor, USEFP, Dr. Munaza Yaqoob, IIUI, Dr. Bashir Khan, Dean FMS ,IIUI, Dr. Tasneem Fatima, Acting Chairperson FMS, IIUI, Amna Baigh, President WMUN and Kashmala Kiran, Vice President WMUN also addressed on the occasion and highlighted the importance of the event.

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and business of the United Nation Organization (UNO). Dr. Sajid ur Rehman said that Islam also commissioned the just distribution of wealth and made sure its continuous circulation through the obligation of Zakah ‘Ushr and other compulsory charities. If the system of Zakah and ‘Ushr is put to work in its true spirit, it will eradicate the poverty in a very short span of time as it did during the

Low gas pressure irks citizens

Spurious medicines being provided to patients

***** MAJLIS-E-ASHOORA to be addressed by Khanum Tayyaba Bukhari, at Bargah-eAlamdar, Sir Syed Road, Rawalpindi, 3 pm.

EXHIBITION of paintings by Karachi-based artist Wasi Haider, at the Jharoka Art Gallery, House No 8, Street, 28, F8/1, Islamabad, continuing up to November 20.

sity, Islamabad (IIUI) in which students of 25 universities of Pakistan participated. Dr. Mazhar Awan, Director Alumni Affairs, United State Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) was the chief guest on the occasion. It is the first ever event of its nature organized by the students of the university in which the students will be informed from the structure

According to the sources, patients in emergency ward of Benazir Bhutto Hospital complained that spurious medicines are being provided to the patients without any check. Talking to APP, a visitor namely Muhammad Sagheer said that he visited Benazir Bhutto Hospital with her mother on the complaint of vomiting. The doctors after examining her advised to inject insulin due to increasing her sugar level. After some time, the report gave the same result and doctors said that insulin is not functioning properly.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Javed Hashmir, PTI President along with party workers witnessing the results of party election at their office.

DG Rescue 1122 stresses to reduce road accidents CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Director General (DG), Emergency Services (Rescue 1122) Dr. Rizwan Naseer has stressed the need to make efforts to reduce enhanced number of road accidents which have reached to an alarming propositions. He said that on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we need to make a commitment to reduce this major cause of death. While, addressing under training cadets at Emergency Services Academy, he said that according to World Health Organization, 1.3 million people die each year and over 50 million get disabled due to road traffic accidents and 90% of these deaths occur in developing countries like Pakistan where only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles exists. In Pakistan, only Rescue 1122 has rescued over 5.8 million road traffic accidents victims in past years.” If some-

thing tangible is not done on priority basis within next few years, every family would have been affected by road traffic accidents”, he said, adding that it has been observed that the total number of deaths and disability due to bomb blast in Pakistan equals the death and the disability due to road accidents within a few months in Pakistan. He further emphasized that thinking needs to be changed through media that an accident is not just a will of God, but mostly takes place due to negligence of the driver or a fault in the vehicle or the road or a road user. Director General further said that during discussions with the stakeholders and review of laws, an interesting observation has been found that although there is the Motor Vehicle Ordinance for motorized vehicles but there is no effective legislation to cover other road users like slow moving carts and pedestrians.

AIOU exams from today ISLAMABAD—Final examinations of PGD/ MA and M.Sc level programs for the Semester Spring 2012 of the Allama Iqbal Open University will start today (Monday 19th November) across the country simultaneously. According to Muhammad Bashir Chaudhry, Controller of Exams, AIOU Roll No. slips have been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service. Those students who have not received their Roll No slips so far are advised to contact the nearest Regional Office of the University or Arshad Khan Baloch, Deputy Controller of Exams personally or on his Phone No. 051-9250051 for issuance of Duplicate Roll No Slip. Roll No. Slip along with Date Sheet has also been placed on AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students.—INP

39,501 challan slips issued in Oct CRIME REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi

City Traffic Police (RCTP) issued 39,501 challan tickets with fines amounting to over Rs 14.8 million imposed on traffic rules violators during the month of October. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah informed that city traffic police in its efforts for the smooth flow of traffic on city roads impounded 520 vehicles and motorcycles in various police stations on severe traffic rules violations while a number of drivers were also arrested during the period. CTO said that action in accordance with the law was taken against 1030 drivers on use of mobile phone while driving. 445 vehicles were challaned for having tinted glasses and the black papers were removed on the spot. 270 drivers were fined for wrong parking. 1951 two-wheelers who were driving without helmet were issued challan slips during the period. 381 vehicles on violation of route permits, 290 under age drivers, 483 on pressure horns, 248 vehicles without proper light were issued challan tickets while 225 ISLAMABAD: Chief guest Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, Al-Hajj Hafiz Syed Rizwan drivers were imposed fines Badshah Al-Gilani, Prof Dr Ijaz Hassan Khan Khattak and others sitting during launch- on negligent and dangerous ing ceremony of a book ‘ La Nabi Bahdi’ by Dr Ijaz Hassan.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir driving, he added.

ISLAMABAD: Workers busy in installing pedestrian overhead bridge near Zero Point in Federal Capital.

Police arrest 15 suspects CRIME REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Sabzi Mandi police on Sunday arrested 15 suspects including foreigners and impounded 25 motorbikes during special checking in its jurisdiction, a police spokesman said. According to details, special checking was conducted in the Sabzi Mandi area on the special directions of SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq after creating of various halting points. SP Khuram Rahseed constituted special teams under supervision of DSP Ashraf Shah and SHO Abid Ikram and special vigilance was maintained. During this checking, 15 suspects including foreigners were arested and 25 mottorbikes were impounded.

The IGP Bani Amin has said that purpose of starting search exercise in various areas is to ensure foolproof security in the Capital. He has also directed all police stations to maintain special vigilance and conduct time to time checking to curb crime. Bani Amin Khan has directed all police officials to enhance patrolling in their respective areas and use all resources in this regard to curb activities of anti-social elements. IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan and SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq have directed all police officials to expand this exercise in other areas of city and asked to ensure strict monitoring and vigilance of suspected elements.

CTP issue traffic plan for Muharram R AWALPINDI —In order to ensure the security of the mourners and Muharram processions during Muharram-ul-Harram, City traffic police (CTP) Rawalpindi have issued a comprehensive traffic plan. According to the plan, there will be complete ban on parking of any vehicle or handcart on the route the procession. City Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah said that enhanced number of traffic wardens under the supervision of Inspectors and DSPs would perform their duties on city roads during Muharram. Emergency squads will also be appointed to maintain the flow of traffic in the city, he added.—APP


Kashmiris united for Faktoo; JKLF, PPP support Geelani’s strike call

HAJEERA: AJK Speaker Sardar Ghulam Sadiq and others offering Dua at the grave of Sardar Abdul Aziz Khan, exchairman of Union Council Serari.

Kamaal: India stubborn on Kashmir

Rich tributes paid to Aalikadal martyrs SRINAGAR—The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has paid glowing tributes to prominent liberation leader, Sheikh Abdul Hameed, and others martyrs of Aalikadal on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. The JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Sheikh Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Advocate Jamil Chowdhary, Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Kuttay and Ghulam Muhammad had laid down their lives for the Kashmir cause. “On their martyrdom anniversary we pledge to take their mission to its logical end,” he said. The spokesman said that on Monday, a prayer meeting would be held at Mazar-eShuhada, Eidgah, at 11:00 am, while on Tuesday, Hameed Blood Bank would organize a blood donation camp at Abi Guzar. Meanwhile, the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was recently operated upon in New Delhi, has returned to Srinagar. “Doctors have decided to remove the stunts inside Yasin Malik’s kidneys after three or four weeks,” said the JKLF spokesman. On the other hand, liberation leader, Javed Ahmad Mir in a statement issued in Srinagar also paid glowing tributes to Sheikh Abdul Hameed and other martyrs who sacrificed their lives at Aalikadal in Srinagar on November 19, 1992.—KMS

One killed, 6 injured in Jammu explosion J AMMU —O ne person was killed and six others were injured in a grenade blast in Jammu city.Unidentified persons lobbed a grenade at a shop in Narwal area of the city resulting in the death of a hawker and injuries to half a dozen people. The deceased was identified as Kuldeep Kumar while the injured were Amar Nath, Rakesh Singh, Pardeep Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Ramu and Sunil Sharma. After the incident panic griped the area and the Indian police and troops launched a massive search operation. Media reports said that some suspects were also rounded up from different parts of the city outskirts for questioning.—KMS

‘Indira-Abdullah accord was compulsion’

AJK PM for foolproof security during Muharram

League Chairman Dr Qasim Faktoo, the pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders said that the decision was ‘politically motivated.’ This is after long time that pro-freedom camp had unified over an issue. JKLF in a statement issued here said that “the decisions about political prisoners of Kashmir are always political and taken by the governments.” The JKLF of the opinion that the decision of putting Dr Qasim in jail for life is a political motivated decision. This decision is in all respects an undemocratic and inhuman decision,” the pro-freedom group said while supporting Geelani’s shutdown call for Monday. While as National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan

termed the rejection of Faktoo’s petition by the state High Court as “A cruel and political motivated decision and a huge human rights violation,” he said the High Court has tried to close the doors of not only Dr Faktoo but other dozens of prisoners who are languishing in the jails for a long period of time.” Earlier, the High Court of the occupied territory dismissed the petition of Dr Qasim seeking his release after completing over 20 years in jail saying that he will be kept in jail for his entire life. “We appeal people to observe strike on Monday to express displeasure against the judgment. The strike is part of series of campaign against such judgments,” Geelani said. “We strongly condemn the judgment

of the High court that could have serious consequences for the other lifer convicts of the state. We appeal all the people of the valley to observe Kashmir Bandh to protest against the decision of the high court that has become subservient to the authorities,” Geelani said. Dr Qasim has been in jail for more than 20 years under various acts. He was first detained in 1993 under the Public Safety Act, but after six years of imprisonment, a TADA court acquitted him of all the charges. He was later rearrested by police in 2002, and subsequently sentenced life imprisonment on charges of his alleged involvement in murder of human rights activist, H N Wanchoo. Faktoo had denied the charges.—NNI

Al-Qaeda can’t make base in Kashmir: GoC

SRINAGAR—General Officer allow them to make a base in dents may take place in valley.” BARAMULLA —Terming the mir should act as a bridge for State, however Government of ISLAMABAD—Azad Jammu and Commanding (GOC) of Army’s Kashmir and operate from here,” He said army is working with other security agencies and 15 Corps Lt Gen Om Prakash Prakash said. Indian attitude towards Kashmir peace between India and Paki- India is responsible for the nonas stubborn, senior National Conference (NC) leader and party General Secretary Dr Mustafa Kamaal has said that New Delhi has not sincerely addressed various issues which could have restored a sense of confidence among the people of the State. “Be it 1953 or post IndiraAbdullah Accord, New Delhi has opposed all our genuine demands. With the result, the people of the State were pushed towards hardships,” Dr. Kamaal said while addressing party workers at Dak-Bungalow here. He said when people like Ram Jethmalani or the working groups constituted by India advocate revocation of ‘draconian’ laws like AFSPA, reduction in military, they are not branded as anti-India “but when Mustafa Kamaal advocates the same, I am labeled as anti-India.” He said that his party’s stand on Kashmir is clear that the issue needs to be resolved and Kash-

stan. While showing his disregard to the policies of Pakistan towards Kashmir, Kamaal said the country’s Kashmir policy too had never been constructive and instead lead to the division of the State. “Sending raiders to Jammu and Kashmir led to the division of State. Even Sardar Abdul Qayoom of Azad Kashmir has echoed same sentiments in his book that Pakistan’s policy towards Kashmir has failed miserably,” Kamaal said. He said his party will stand for the reunification of divided Kashmir and the issue will be NC’s main slogan in the 2014 Assembly elections. Addressing the party workers, Kamaal said that IndiraAbdullah Accord was not an accord but a compulsion to raise the living standards of the people of the State. He said though Pakistan brought in militancy in the

redress of some basic issues. Lashing out at PDP and its patron Mufti Muhammad Sayed, Kamaal said that Mufti was working against the aspirations of Kashmiris and is part of a lobby headed by former Governor Jagmohan. He said right from 1953 Mufti was responsible for the political instability in the State and has even played a role in not only bringing Governor’s Rule but also insurgency in JK. “Mufti Muhammad Sayed is responsible for the miseries of people of the State. He has been pioneer in handing over the affairs of the State to Jagmohan,” Mustafa Kamaal said. He said PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig has served as Advocate General of former Governor Jagmohan and describe Baig as ‘enemy of Kashmiris.’ He said PDP won several seats in 2002 and 2008 elections with the help of Hizbul Mujahideen and Jama’at-e-Islami.—NNI

Kashmir Prime Minister has asked the administration to keep close coordination with Ulama and notables for maintaining peace. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid has directed the administration of all districts to ensure fool proof security arrangements during Muharram- ul- Haram in the state. Presiding over a high level meeting here‚ he said adequate security arrangements should be made for protection of Imambargahs and Muharram processions. He asked the administration to keep close coordination with Ulama and notables for maintaining peace and tranquility in the region. Chaudhry Abdul Majid appealed to Ulema join hands with the government in maintaining peaceful atmosphere during the Muharram. AJK Prime Minister said the government has taken special measures for the implementation of reconciliation policy of President Asif Ali Zardari in Azad Kashmir and is taking all political parties on board on all important issue.—NNI

has Al-Qaeda won’t be allowed to make their base in Kashmir and apprehended that militants may try to stage attacks during winter. “Al-Qaeda won’t be allowed to make their base in Kashmir and launch operations from the Valley,” Prakash told reporters on sidelines of a Chinar Mini Marathon organized by Head Quarter (HQ) 31 Sub Area at Dal Lake here. He was referring to recent statement of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he had mentioned Kashmir. “They can say anything but we won’t

1He said army will foil their every attempt and won’t allow them to gain access in Kashmir. Referring to recent militant attack on liquor shops in Hotel Heemal on Dal Lake Srinagar, he said the militants would try to launch such attacks to make their presence felt in the city. He said these attacks won’t have much impact on the overall security system. ““There is nothing to worry about,” he said. Prakash, however, said militants may try to stage attacks during winter. “The stray shoot out inci-

chalking out strategies to deal with such attacks. GoC said army’s aim was to maintain peace and stability in the Valley. “People want peace and stability in the Valley and we will try our best to rise to their expectations”. He said there was a need to maintain peace in the Valley to support the eagerness and interest of youth to live in peaceful manner. “The enthusiasm with which youth are participating in the sports events organized by army shows that society wants peace and stability,” he added.—NNI

Yasin Malik returns after Migratory birds surgery in Delhi start arriving SRINAGAR—The Jammu and eration leader, Sheikh Abdul

“On November 19, a prayer meeting will be held at Mazare-Shuhada, Eidgah, at 11:00 am. On November 20, Hameed Blood Bank will organize a blood donation camp at Abi Guzar,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, liberation leader, Javed Ahmad Mir in a statement issued in Srinagar also paid glowing tributes to Sheikh Abdul Hameed and other martyrs who sacrificed their lives at Aalikadal in Srinagar on November 19, 1992.—NNI

SRINAGAR—Migratory birds from Siberia, Eastern Europe, China and Philippine have started arriving in the wetlands of occupied Kashmir. Life has again returned to the Hokersar wetland reserve where over 100,000 migratory birds have already landed. “As first arrivals, we have graylag geese, mallards, pintails, gadwalls, pochards, common teals, tufted ducks and coots thronging the Hokersar wetland reserve,” Rouf Ahmad Zargar, wildlife warden (wetlands), told newsmen. He said that besides migratory birds, there were hundreds of purple moorhens and dabchicks that live permanently in the Kashmir Valley’s wetland reserves. “These are resident water birds. They live, feed and breed inside the wetland reserves here, but a new trend seen during the last decade or so has been that some species of migratory birds such as mallards stay in the Valley for the summers too,” Zargar said. Other major wetland reserves of Kashmir such as Shallabugh, Hygam and Mirgund have also started receiving avian guests who come here to avoid the extreme winRAWALAKOT: PSF rally thanking government for establishing Poonch Medical College. ter cold of their summer homes.—KMS

Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was recently operated upon in New Delhi has arrived in Srinagar. “Doctors have decided to remove the stunts inside Yasin Malik’s kidneys after three or four weeks,” said JKLF the spokesman, adding that Yasin Malik e is fast recovering but doctors had advised him complete rest. The JKLF also paid rich tributes to prominent martyred lib-

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SRINAGAR—Responding to the shutdown call given by the Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by Muhammad Yasin Malik, Peoples Political Party led by Engineer Hilal Ahmed War have extended their support while Hurriyat and other senior leaders demanded immediate release of Dr Faktoo. They appealed the people of Kashmir to observe a complete shut-down and strike on Monday (November 19) to press the Indian government to repeal and revoke the sentence of Muslim League Chairman Dr. Qasim Faktoo. Expressing serious resentment over the ruling of the Srinagar High Court awarding life imprisonment to Muslim

N the modern era, various forms of state terrorism continue by the Israeli armed forces on the Palestinians. While with the backing of Burmese military regime and the covert assistance of Hindus, recent bloodshed of the minority Rohingya Muslim community at the hands of the Rakhine extremist Buddhists in Burma (Myanmar) presents another such example. Similarly, during the “War in Bosnia and Herzegovina” Bosnian War (1992–1995), Serb forces slaughtered more than 10,000 Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina and buried them in the unamed mass graves. That genocide was repeated in Kosovo where several men and women were murdered. While, these atrocities are still fresh in the minds of every Muslim, but with the official backing of the government, massacre and harassment of Muslims by the Indian military including paramilitary troops in the Indian-held Kashmir has become a permanent feature. In this regard, instead of granting the people their genuine right of self-determination and holding plebiscite in the controlled territories of Kashmir in

Hameed, and others martyrs of Aalikadal on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. The spokesman said that Sheikh Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Advocate Jamil Chowdhary, Fayaz Ahmed Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Kuttay and Ghulam Muhammad had laid down their lives for the Kashmir cause. “Today on their martyrdom anniversary we pledge to take their mission to its logical end,” he said.

MIRPUR: President Anjuman-e-Taajran Ch Muhammad Naeem with other office-bearers.

Revengeful interpretation of law is terrorism: Rehmani ISLAMABAD—The Chairman of the establishment, then there of Jammu & Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has strongly denounced the misinterpretation of life term and punishment against Muslim League Chief Dr Qasim Fuktoo, and some other detainees as a revengeful act and a dangerous interpretation of law to languish freedom supporters in jails as long as life. He said that to allow Kashmiri detainees to die in prisons, by lengthening their term of imprisonment is yet another method of state terrorism, which has horrible Implications and ramifications for peace, peaceful life of citizens and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict. He said, “if judiciary can interpret laws to suit the designs

is no Kashmiri political prisoner or activist left safe or immune from prosecution; meaning that the state has an easy access to fate of any inhabitant in the state without reason. He said the latest ruling of the apex court has not helped judiciary’s image in the State. The legal fraternity should come forward to save political prisoners from dying in jails due to misinterpretation of the law. He said that it alluded to collaboration between the judiciary and the executive in the state and could doom justice in Kashmir. The members of the legal community including judges should understand its implications and should stand for justice and human rights against state highhandedness.—Online

Massacre and harassment in Kashmir accordance with the UN resolutions, various sorts of state terrorism have become part of a deliberate campaign by the Indian army against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has manifested in brutal tactics such as crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter. In this respect, in its report released on October 13, 2012 about detentions under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) 1978, Amnesty International disclosed under the title, “PSA Still a Lawless Law” that despite pressure on Indian government, the PSA has not been reviewed and amended. Therefore, new records are being made by Indian law-enforcing agencies and security forces in human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir. In its previous report, Amnesty International has pointed out: “The Indian government’s disregard

for human rights in Jammu and Kashmir means that in practice people reportedly died in custody and that the whereabouts of the disappeared persons continue to be unknown…government forces continue to commit serious violations of humanitarian law…the Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, security forces personnel have extraordinary powers to shoot suspected lawbreakers, and to destroy structures suspected of harboring militants or arms.” It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages across the northern regions of Baramulla, Bandipore and Handwara. Then researchers and other groups reported finding thousands of single and mass graves without markers. In this context, in the last few years, rights groups discovered nearly 3,000 unnamed

graves in the various districts of Kashmir. It is mentionable that in August, 2011, Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) officially acknowledged in its report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked graves. The report indicated 2,156 unidentified bodies which were found in mass graves in various regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have disclosed that unnamed graves include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW. Recently, China’s leading News Agency Xinhua has unearthed more gruesome details on world-stunning unmarked graves in Poonch of the Indian occupied Kashmir. It pointed out the statement of Sofi Aziz Joo, caretaker of a graveyard as saying, “Police and Army used to bring those bodies and direct me to bury them. The bodies were usually bullet-ridden,

mutilated, faces disfigured and sometimes without limbs and heads.” While, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and rights groups have stated that more than 10,000 people have disappeared, accusing government forces of staging fake gun battles to cover up killings. They also revealed that suspected persons had been arrested and were murdered through arbitrary executions, and then buried in unmarked graves. Besides, on June 28, 2010, BBC reported, “three men went missing in Indian-administered Kashmir in April…but their bodies were discovered near the Line of Control…a senior officer of the Indian army had kidnapped them by offering them jobs as porters. The troops later informed the police that they had killed three militants. Kashmir’s law minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar says there have been several proven cases of fake encounters in the past 20 years.” BBC explained, “There are hardliners in the Indian Army and intelligence agencies, who think that by raising

Shabbir Shah arrives in Delhi to meet Pak HC N E W D ELHI — Estranged Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Democratic Freedom Party president, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, is in New Delhi to meet with the Pakistan high commissioner, Salman Bashir. The meeting comes close on the heels of the visit of a high-level delegation of the conglomerate led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq which had met the Pakistan diplomats to finalize the itinerary of Hurriyat visit to Pakistan sometime in December. Quoting a DFP spokesman, reports said the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi, Babar Amin, had telephoned Shah to invite him for talks with the high commissioner. Soon after, he left for New Delhi.—NNI

the bogey of infiltration and gun battles near the border they can create terror among people and also put pressure on Pakistan.” It seems that non-condemnation of Indian massive human rights violations and non-interference for the seettlement of this issue by the so-called civilized international community, especially the US have further encouraged New Delhi to keep on going with its atrocities on the armless Kashmiri masses. Ignorence of the dipute by them involves the risk of nuclear war between Pakistan and India. Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi has reached a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with them. However, despite the employment of various forms of massacre and harassment in the Indian occupied Kashmir, the war of liberation by the Kashmiri people will continue until they get their legitimate right of selfdetermination. If New Delhi could not suppress the movement in the past, it could also not do so in present and future. Courtesy.—Kashmir Watch


Inland fish farming promotion S IALKOT —A well-knitted plan has been evolved for the promotion of inland fish farming across the country. Official sources told APP on Sunday that the country had 13,000 fish farms and more than 50,000 people were into the business in the country. The provincial fisheries department has taken concrete steps for the promotion of fish farming and is providing fish seed to interested persons in Punjab. Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has made a feasibility report to facilitate people interested in setting up inland fish farming in the province. Nine acres of land is sufficient for a fish farm wherein eight ponds can be built, sources added.—APP

Rs 500,000 NBP donation for Jinnah Hospital Children ward

ECC mulling waiver of sales tax on buses import ISLAMABAD—The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet will consider the summery of ministry of Industries in which sought the waver of sales tax at import stage on import of Swede bus Pakistan. The apex economic decisionsmaking body is scheduled to meet tomorrow (Tuesday)will mull over the summary of Commerce Ministry which has sought the export of 0.2 million tons sugar in addition to 0.2 million tons allowed earlier. According to Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA), the permission for further export of 0.2 million tons sugar will go a long way

to improve the financial positions of the mills and payments to sugarcane cultivators. Following a resolution passed by the National Assembly, the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet is also expected to give a go-ahead to switch to a monthly oil pricing mechanism as the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources will table the summary before the committee for its approval. The controversial weekly price review mechanism was also suspended by the government after giving an undertaking in the Supreme Court last month. The gov-

ernment has also been seen to repeatedly ignore the continuous recommendations of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources and the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to switch to the old oil pricing mechanism. The Ministry of Finance and OGRA had already opposed to the price review on a weekly basis when the summary was first tabled before the ECC for approval, but their concerns were not addressed. OGRA was of the view that the current price review was being exploited by refineries, oil marketing companies and hoarders.—Online ISLAMABAD: Preparations for the inaugural ceremony of D-8 Trade Exhibition 2012 to be held at Pak-China Friendship Centre, are being given final touches.

‘Gomal Zam Dam to complete by end of 2013’

Scientists role for ‘farmers’ field’ instead of labs urged

T ANK —The Spokesman of yard, which was completely are being constructed to fa- D ERA G HAZI K HAN —Dr.

Works Organization destroyed by the 2010 dev- cilitate locals. The traditional Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, K ARACHI —National Bank Frontier (FWO), Col Atif has ex- astative flood, was got com- irrigation system is also kept Pakistan Agricultural Redonated Rs 500,000 to Child Aid Association of Jinnah Hospital. According to a press release issued here on Sunday head of NBP CSR division Iqbal Qasim said that the bank on the directives of the its President Qamar Hussain would continue to help in resolving health problems. He also made fervent appeal to other institutions of country to come forward for help the children’s ward of the Jinnah Hospital Karachi. He further vowed to resolve electricity supply problem to Manghopir’s rural hospital whose building has since been completed with all equipment and beds but was not put into commission simply for want of power connection.—APP

pressed optimism that work on multi dimensional Gomal Zam Dam (GZD) will complete by the end of next year as 97 percent work on it has been completed. Talking to local journalists at the site of the dam in South Waziristan Agency, Col Atif, spokesman of FWO said 97 percent work of the dam and its powerhouse has been completed and hoped to complete the remaining work by the end of 2013. Also, he said construction work of its irrigation system and other co-related projects was in progress and would be completed soon. He said all the work had successfully been carried out since the contract was re-awarded to FWO and the dam’s switch

pleted last year due to untiring and determined efforts by the staff. The FWO Spokesman while elaborating on the main features of the dam said it has 436 feet high and 492 feet long having 1.14 MAF gross water storage and 0.892 MAF live storage besides installed capacity of 17.4 megawatt. The laying of 132 KV Transmission Line from Gomal Zam dam would help enable the up gradation of Wana Grid Station from 66 KV to 132 KV. The 63 kilometer long concrete-lined canal with an average discharge capacity of 848 Cusecs and 18 distributes having 204KM length were being completed in the irrigation system for water distribution, adding tracks

in view during the construction. A barrage at Cot Murtaza would be a part of the project with a length of 460 feet. He said that it was a multipurpose scheme with no adverse impacts besides having the major benefit of controlling floods in future. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of work as well as the safety measures at the dam site. The media persons were given detail briefing about different features of the project with the help of slides and maps. Gomal Zam Dam is being constructed at Khajori Kach in South Waziristan about 75 from Dera Ismail Khan to turn 1,63000 acres barren lands into canal irrigated.—APP

Halal Zone on 500 acres soon K ARACHI —Sindh Government will set up Halal Zone on five hundred acres of land in Karachi to enhance exports of Halal food items. This was stated by Export Processing Zone Chairman Saadat S. Cheema in a meeting with the Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister on Relief‚ Haleem Adil Sheikh‚ in Karachi.—NNI

Pakistan team in Malaysia to attend PharmaTech 2012

search Council (PARC) has stressed on scientists to work in “farmers’ field “ instead of lab. Addressing the august gathering of Agri. Scientists at Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) D. I. Khan during his visit in the D.I. Khan region, he directed the scientists to disseminate modern technology for farmers, technically guiding them to increase their production to ensure national food security in Country. Chairman PARC also visited field research experiments farm area of AZRI where different technologies were demonstrated by Engr. Noman Latif, such as Solar Pumping, Drip Irrigation & Spate irrigation systems, Biogas Plant as Alternate Energy. He also visited Ber, Dates, Falsa orchard and sowing under process for Rabi 2012 crop, central Pivot irrigation system and RodKohi field areas. Dr. Nadeem Amjad, Member (NRD), Dr. Abdur Raheed, Director (AZRI), Engr. Noman Latif, Senior Scientists & Staff of AZRI, Representatives of VEER development organization Community group, farmers and media were also present at the occasion.—Online

Rs 8.542b CCP penalties in five years LAHORE: Abdul Aziz, President and CEO Ufone along with Salman Wassay, CCO

I SLAMABAD —A nine-mem- Ufone admiring artwork made by the children of 10 different SOS Villages from across I SLAMABAD —The Competiber delegation of pharmaceutical manufacturers and exporters from Pakistan arrived in the Malaysian capital on Sunday to attend the 2nd edition of International Conference and Exhibition on Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical Technology (PharmaTech) 2012 starting Monday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The two-day event features an exhibition as well as a conference featuring discussions and strategies on delivery, discovery, manufacturing and clinical use of drugs, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals, according to press statement received here . Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan to Malaysia Muhammad Nadeem Khan welcomed the event and lauded the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) for sending a strong delegation to participate in PharmaTech 2012 for exploring possibilities for economic collaborations, networking and business matchmakings. He also appreciated what he described as a positive trend of growth in Pakistan’s exports of pharmaceutical products which stood at US $ 136 million in 2010 and US $151 million in 2011, registering a remarkable growth of 133 per cent over the last six years. “This positive growth highlights the acceptability and competitiveness of Pakistani products in the international markets,” he said. During its stay in Kuala Lumpur, the Pakistani delegation is also scheduled to meet with heads of Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PHAMA).—APP

Pakistan under recently held ‘Ufone Friends of the Environment’ competition.

Govt to increase income tax collection: Hafeez STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has said that the government has planned to focus on increasing income tax collection after significant rise in sales tax collection. The government will bring into the tax-net everybody capable to pay taxes so that the country should not look towards international financial institutions for loans or aid, Hafeez Sheikh said while talking to media persons on the conclusion of a

convocation at Aga Khan Medical University here. He said that in 2008, total amount of the taxes collected was Rs 11,000 billion which was increased to Rs 22,300 billion in last fiscal year. In the present financial year, he said, 21 per cent increase had been achieved in the tax collection. He said that the country had a very low tax-to-GDP ratio as compared to many other countries, even in the region. The country has the culture of tax evasion which must be changed in the supreme national interest. Now,

he said, “our target will be to increase income tax collection.” He said that the poor and low income people could not get fruit of any economic growth in the country in the past. That is why, he said, the PPP government initiated the Benazir Income Support Programme, which had benefitted around 3 million poor families. The Finance Minister said that International Monetary Fund was playing an important role in the world and that Pakistan was engaged in dialogue with it, which was a continuous process.

International visitors at Pakistan Pavilion in Commonwealth Women’s Association International Bazaar at a hotel in New Delhi.

tion Commission of Pakistan(CCP)has imposed a total sum of Rs.8.542 billion penalties on various undertaking and association in last five years out of which recovered only Rs.23 million. According to sources, CCP has recovered Rs.23 million from Jute mill cartel as penalty recovered and deposited into government exchequer and the remaining amount could not recover so far mainly because of litigation issues. Source said that since inception, Competition Commission of Pakistan has passed 58 orders, concluded 34 enquiry reports, issued 416 shows cause notices, carried out 14 search and inspections, proceed 396 exemptions, issued13 policy notes and 311 merger NonObjections Certificates (NOCs). The Competition Commission of Pakistan was established to provide for free competition in all spheres of economic activity to enhance economic efficiency and to protect consumers from anticompetitive behavior. According to Competition Commission of Pakistan, it is an independent quasiregulatory, quasi-judicial body that helps ensures healthy competition between companies for the benefit of the economy. The Commission prohibits abuse of a dominant position in the market, certain types of anticompetitive agreements, and deceptive market practices. It also reviews mergers of undertakings that could result in a significant lessening of competition. Combined with its advocacy efforts, the Commission seeks to promote voluntary compliance and develop a ‘competition culture’ in the economy.—Online

D-8 countries to enhance trade share in world market STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD—The Developing 8 (D-8) Muslims countries are poised to enhance their share in global trade by 15% by 2018 and strategy in this regard is expected to be formulated during the four day-summit that would begin here on Monday. “The D8 countries share in global trade has already been enhanced from $67 billion in 2008 to $130 in 2011 which is almost double,” Secretary Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP), Abdul Qadeer Qazi said while addressing a press conference on the eve of D-8 summit.

He said that the agenda for enhancing global trade was already set in 2008,however added this would be thoroughly debated during this event. He said that the 7th D8 conference was held in Nigeria and now it is being held in Pakistan in this way, the country would have chairmanship of the forum. He said that it is for the first time that the main focus of the D8 conference is on trade development adding that the Ministry of Commerce has been given special preference to formulate its programmes for the summit. He said that TDAP of the

Ministry of Commerce is organizing three main programmes, aiming at promoting Pakistan’s potential for trade and exploring trade opportunities the other countries has to offer. He also informed that an exhibition of products of respective member states is part of the D-8 summit in which pavilions have been allocated to the representing countries to exhibit their products to the visitors. The Secretary TDAP further said that Pakistan has also set up a country stall in the exhibition showcasing engineering, textile and halal food products.

Rs 14b additional subsidy for PEPCO, DISCOs I SLAMABAD—Amid to pro- vided a total subsidy on elec- tarrif deferential subsidy. vide tariff deferential subsidy, the government is set to arrange additional borrowing of Rs.14 billion through SUKUK Bond for Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and Power Distributor companies(DISCOs). Official sources informed Online here on Sunday that in the first four months(July-Sep) of current financial year 2012-13 an amount of Rs 119 billion has been paid to the Pakistan Electric Power Company out of which Rs.85 billion was paid to Pakistan state oil (PSO). The source said Ministry of Finance has released tariff differential subsidy of Rs. 263.250 billion to PEPCO up to October30, 2012 against verified claims of Tariff differential subsidy of July 2011 and partial claims in September 2012 amounting to Rs 259.008 billion. The government has pro-

tricity of Rs 1,409 billion has from financial year in last 6 years of which this amount included Rs 312.768 on account of Debt Swap undertaken during the Current fiscal year. During fiscal year 20062007 an amount of Rs 58.872 billion were released for tariff differential subsidy, in 20072008 Rs 133.360 billion,20082009 Rs 109.170 billion and 2009-2010 Rs.178.840 billion were paid to the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO)for tarrif differential subsidy. Sources further revealed that during fiscal year 20102011, a sum of Rs 346.100 billion was provided to the PEPCO for tarrif differential subsidy to minimize the gap between power production and its sale whereas during last financial year 2011-12 an amount of Rs 464.020 billion was paid under

The source also added that with the approval of Economic Coordination Committtee (ECC) of the cabinet, funds of Rs.142 were raised from banks as loan in February 2012 and paid to the Independent power plants by PEPCO. Officials told that the government has been paying subsidy for not passing on full power generation cost to end consumers and was paying subsidy for tariff differential between generation and distribution cost. According to the official, per unit was higher and average amount charged from the consumers was very low. The entire situation was leading to circular debt therefore the government has to reform the power sector to make it efficient in terms of distribution, collection and power generation to bring down the rising cost of subsidies.—Online

RAWALPINDI: Allied Bank Chief Group, Khawaja Muhammad Almas, addressing participants during a meeting.

Iran keen to strengthen ties with Pakistan: Abideen PESHAWAR—Governor Gen- (KPCCI),held in Civil Secre- Muslim countries. eral of Fars Province of Islamic Republic of Iran, Hussein Sadiq Abideen said that we want to further strengthen the existing cordial relations between two neighboring countries and the objective could only be achieved by developing cooperation between the people of two countries. The visiting Governor General expressed these views in a meeting of Iranian Delegation with representatives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

tariat. The meeting besides others was attended by KP Information Minister, Iftikhar Hussain, Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, President KPCCI, Dr Yousaf Sarwar and Consul General of Iran in Peshawar, Hassan Derwaishwand. Hussein Sadiq said that Iranian delegation is comprised of expertise of diversified field and we want to materialize the proposals of representatives of both countries to further augment cordial relations between two

He said that collaboration of both countries would not only cast a positive impact on economies of Iran and Pakistan but would bring the people of two countries closer. Speaking on the occasion, President KPCCI, Dr Yousaf Sarwar said that government encourages foreign investments and numerous vistas can be opened by cooperation of both countries in fields of education, health, minerals, power generation, development of precious and semi precious stones etc.—APP


Asean want Myanmar violence end PHNOM PENH —Southeast Asian leaders will put pressure on Myanmar to resolve violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a senior regional official said on Sunday, after unrest left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June. Myanmar President Thein Sein has blamed nationalist and religious extremists for unrest in June and October that killed at least 167 people, but has faced criticism for failing to address underlying tensions in Rakhine State, where an estimated 800,000 Rohingya Muslims are not recognized as citizens. “Eight hundred thousand people are now under tremendous pressure,” Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), told reporters on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. “If that issue is not handled well and effectively, there is a risk of radicalization, there is a risk of extremism,” he said. Surin said he expected ASEAN leaders to raise the issue with Myanmar, which is a member of the bloc, during bilateral talks. The leaders were committed to reducing internal conflicts as the group moves towards economic integration by 2015, he said. After a week of violence in June killed at least 80 people in two townships, unrest in late October spread across much of the state. Witnesses said mobs of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists attacked Muslim villages with petrol bombs, swords and guns. Nearly 4,700 homes were destroyed in 42 villages, according to government data compiled by U.N. agencies. A Reuters investigation painted a troubling picture of organized attacks led by Rakhine nationalists tied to a powerful political party in the state, incited by Buddhist monks and, some witnesses said, abetted by local security forces.—Reuters

German Greens for power bid HANOVER —Germany’s Greens have gone grey. The world’s most successful pro-environment party has turned deadly serious about gaining power by stealing votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel and perhaps by joining her. The muesli, woolly sweaters, thick beards and endless debates about abstract issues that were once part of any Greens congress are largely gone. In their place is a more mature party of smartly dressed professionals with one clear aim: getting back into government after federal elections next year. At their unusually harmonious three-day party congress in Hanover that ended on Sunday, Greens leaders were applauded for hailing their party’s “conservative values” and unabashedly trying to appeal to centre-right voters, using language that a decade ago would have had them booed off the stage. Pollsters put support for the Greens at 13 percent, enough if the electoral arithmetic goes their way to make them kingmakers after Germans vote in September, 2013. The party would prefer a coalition with the Social Democrats, renewing a government which ruled Germany from 1998 to 2005. But Greens are quietly thinking the unthinkable and opening up to a possible alliance with Merkel’s conservatives, long their political arch enemy. Greens express distaste for an alliance with Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU), but interest in her supporters. “We don’t want the CDU, we want only your voters,” Katrin GoeringEckart, a newly-elected party leader, told the Congress. Goering-Eckart, a Lutheran church leader.—AP

UN attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo KINSHASA—U.N. attack he- shells were landing in its ter- violence. licopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo on Saturday after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops and took control of a town, the United Nations said. The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba mean the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu’s provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago. North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels - a group of soldiers who mutinied in April - advanced with support from neighbouring Rwanda. A Congolese government statement said 4,000 Rwandans had crossed the border, although Kinshasa later reduced that estimate to 3,500. Rwanda rejected the accusations, the latest in a string of charges by the Congolese government in Kinshasa. The Rwandan government called on Congo’s army and the rebels to halt the fighting as

ritory. “Kibumba has fallen into the hands of the M23,” a spokesman for the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations said in an email. “Latest reports indicate that the FARDC (Congo’s army) and MONUSCO (U.N.) forces are attempting to hold off a possible M23 advance toward Goma at Kibati, some 20 km north of Goma.” “We are not in a position to confirm direct Rwandan involvement in the M23 attacks,” the spokesman said. “However, we are very concerned by reports that the M23 attacking forces appear to be wellequipped and supplied.” The spokesman added that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Congolese Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda on Saturday to voice support for Kinshasa, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame to urge him to “use his influence on the M23 to help calm the situation and restrain the M23 from continuing their attack.” The French U.N. mission in New York called an emergency closed-door meeting of the Security Council on the escalating

“I do hope that we will get a signal from the council telling the M23 to stop its advance and ... to call on all the countries concerned to enter into a real negotiation,” French Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters before the meeting. “There won’t be any solution without an agreement between the DRC and its neighbours, including Rwanda,” he said. More than 5 million people are estimated to have died from violence, hunger and disease in wars in Congo since 1998, which would make it the deadliest conflict since World War Two. The peacekeeping spokesman said the humanitarian impact of the fighting was “devastating.” He added that U.N. troops in Goma and at its airport were on “high alert.” The United Nations has about 6,700 MONUSCO forces in North Kivu, with about 1,400 troops in Goma and the surrounding area. U.N. experts have said in reports they have evidence that Rwanda has supported the M23 rebels in eastern Congo. They have called on

the Security Council to impose sanctions on Rwandan officials in response. “The Rwandan army came across the border behind our troops, that’s why our troops withdrew,” Paluku told Reuters by telephone. “The (rebels) are just a few kilometres away, so of course Goma is under threat, we can’t hide that,” he said, adding that government troops were regrouping at Kilimanyoka, 12 km (7 miles) north of the city. Rebels said they had no immediate plans to attack Goma. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo said army units had come under heavy weapons fire since early on Saturday morning, forcing civilians to flee. U.N. attack helicopters were dispatched to strike rebel positions south of Kibumba. “So far ten missions have been carried out by our attack helicopters,” the U.N. said in a statement. The U.N. has a mandate to protect civilians and support government troops when they need it. No casualty figures have been given by any force. Rwanda’s army has repeatedly sent soldiers into Congo during nearly two

B ANGKOK —President Barack Obama

Singh to attend Cambodia summit NEW DELHI—The ASEAN-India summit in Phnom Penh would help to take India’s relations with the 10-member bloc to a new level, Prime Manmohan Singh said in a statement before leaving for Cambodia for a three-day tour. The PM will attend the 10th ASEAN-India Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit. The prime minister is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and other senior officials. He said the move to launch negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership among the ASEAN countries and its economic partners, including India, would be “a giant step” towards creating an economic community in the region. He said the East Asia summit is the foremost forum for promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. This year, we are preparing to launch the negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Partnership among ASEAN and its FTA partners, including India. This is a giant step towards creation of an economic community in the region. This forum also serves as a useful platform for enhancing cooperation in the region and discussing regional security issues.” he PM said he would also be meeting world leaders on the margins of the East Asia summit. He is expected to have bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the East Asia summit. The PM said over the past decade India’s partnership with the ASEAN has become “strong, comprehensive and multifaceted”. —Reuters

Arab women lawmakers’ council MANAMA —A Bahraini MP has called for setting up a council for Arab women lawmakers. The council will help the lawmakers reach out to other women and to the voting community and to build confidence in their capabilities as representatives of the people, MP Ibtissam Hijris said. Steps to implement the proposal include connecting and working closely with civil society organisations, mainly local, regional and international human rights watchdogs, and with national institutions, the lawmaker said. Under the proposal, the Arab women MPs will meet regularly to exchange expertise and knowledge and to seek solutions to issues related to women. Ibtissam is one of the four women lawmakers in the 40-seat lower chamber of the bicameral parliament. —Reuters

ARBIL, IRAQ—Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani said on Saturday the region was fully prepared to defend itself, after a skirmish between Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops along their disputed internal border. Tensions have been building between the autonomous Kurdish region and the central government in Baghdad since the departure of U.S. forces from Iraq in December, which removed a buffer between the two sides. Relations have been strained further by the formation of a new command centre for Iraqi forces to operate in an area over which both Baghdad and the Kurdistan regional government (KRG)claim jurisdiction. One person died in a shootout on Friday between Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (100 miles) north of the Iraqi capital. “The Kurdish region is fully prepared to confront any undesirable occurrence, with the goal of defending our territory and our citizens.”—Reuters

New Coptic church pope enthroned

Obama in Thailand on first post- polls trips kicked off a three-country Asian tour with a visit to Thailand on Sunday, using his first post-election trek overseas to try to show he is serious about shifting the U.S. strategic focus eastwards. Obama’s itinerary will include a landmark visit to onceisolated Myanmar and an East Asia summit in Cambodia as he seeks to recalibrate U.S. economic and security commitments to counter China’s influence at a time when America is disentangling itself from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But his attention will be divided during his travels as he faces a simmering crisis in the Gaza Strip pitting Israel against Hamas militants, plus economic problems at home. In Bangkok, a monk in bright orange robes gave Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a private tour of the centuries-old Wat Pho temple, taking them past its massive reclining Buddha. Somehow, the fiscal problems back in Washington came up. “We’re working on this budget. We’re going to need a lot of prayer for that,” Obama was overheard telling the monk, a light-hearted reference to a fiscal showdown in Washington over tax increases and spending cuts that kick in at the end of the year unless Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a deal.“Elections in the United States are very long but it’s very gratifying to know people still have confidence in me,” the president responded.—Reuters

decades of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region, but Kigali has strongly denied Congolese and U.N. accusations of support for the M23. “These are absolutely false allegations. They are very tired, and very old. Whenever DRC (the Democratic Republic of Congo) is defeated on the battlefield, it’s meant to be (Rwanda’s army),” Rwandan army spokesman Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita told Reuters. “Rwanda has called on (Congo’s army) and M23 to stop this useless war ... Rwanda is being violated by constant bomb shells on our territory,” he added. More than three-quarters of a million people have fled their homes since the fighting began, and regional efforts to find a solution have so far failed. M23 spokesman Vianney Kazarama told Reuters the rebels were now in control of Kibumba, but said they would not advance further. “We’re stopping here, we’re waiting, we’re not going to Goma,” he said, reiterating a call for the government to start negotiations.—Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish leader says region will defend itself

Riot police chase Bahraini anti-government protesters following a mourning procession in Daih, Bahrain.

Hundreds Kurd militants end hunger strike I STANBUL /D IYARBAKIR — have been killed in 28 years strike might provoke more Hundreds of Kurdish militants ended a hunger strike in jails across Turkey on Sunday in response to an appeal from their leader, fuelling hopes a deal had been struck that could revive talks to end a decades-old conflict. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his supporters to end their protest after holding a series of discussions with Turkish MIT intelligence agency officials, according to one media report. Top MIT officials have held secret meetings with senior PKK representatives in Oslo in recent years and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in September more talks were possible. More than 40,000 people

of fighting between Turkey and the PKK - designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and the European Union. Ocalan’s call for an end to the hunger strike, which militants staged to demand an end to his isolation in an island prison south of Istanbul, was announced by his brother on Saturday. “On the basis of our leader’s call ... we end our protest as of November 18, 2012,” Deniz Kaya, a spokesman for the jailed PKK militants, was quoted as saying in a statement by an association representing the inmates’ families. The announcement was welcomed by the government, which had been increasingly worried any deaths during the hunger

violence. “I hope we will not face such protests from now on. Turkey is a democratic country,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was quoted as telling reporters by staterun Anatolian news agency. “Whatever demands the people have, the government and politicians can air them in parliament,” he added. A newspaper said on Sunday talks between Ocalan and Turkish intelligence officials over the last two months had paved the way for his appeal to end the protest, which lasted 68 days. “A delegation went to Imrali on three occasions. A senior MIT official joined one of these visits and Ocalan’s intervention was sought to end the hunger strike,” the liberal daily Radikal said.—AP

Another US marine arrested in Okinawa TOKYO—Japanese police ar- table,” Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu steps. rested a U.S. Marine on Sunday on suspicion of trespassing on the southern island of Okinawa amid anger over military crimes and demands for stricter regulations for U.S. troops. The incident, the second after the U.S. military had stepped up disciplinary steps last month, immediately triggered harsh reaction from the Okinawa government. Police said 1st Lt. Tomas Chanquet of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma allegedly sneaked into a room through an unlocked door and slept until spotted by a resident who called police. Sunday’s arrest was especially inflammatory on Okinawa, where the Emperor Akihito was visiting to attend a fisheries event. “I’m too shocked to say anything. It’s utterly ridiculous and extremely regret-

Nakaima told reporters. “I must lodge a strong protest to both the Japanese and U.S. governments. They must do something more significant.” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to raise the issue during talks Tuesday with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit of Southeast Asian countries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kyodo News agency reported. An alleged rape by two Navy sailors last month enraged Okinawans and reignited deep-rooted anti-base sentiment on the island, home to more than half the 52,000 U.S. troops in Japan. The case led to a curfew on all troops in Japan, but two weeks later a U.S. airman allegedly assaulted a teenager. Sunday’s incident also raises questions over the effectiveness of the curfew and other disciplinary

Japan has lodged a formal protest with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. military over the incident Sunday and demanded that they make sure the curfew is enforced. Chanquet was apparently drunk when he entered the apartment, Okinawa police official Masahiko Gishi said. Police are investigating if he broke the curfew and was drinking off-base prior to the alleged trespassing. On Friday, Okinawa’s prefectural (state) assembly adopted a resolution protesting the two earlier cases, demanding tougher regulations and stepped-up efforts to reduce the number of troops and bases on the island. The resolution also called for a review of legal procedures for military suspects and efforts to streamline the U.S. troop presence.—Reuters

Hollande loses popularity: poll

C AIRO —The new pope of Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic church was enthroned on Sunday in an elaborate ceremony lasting nearly four hours, attended by the nation’s Muslim prime minister and a host of Cabinet ministers and politicians. Pope Tawadros II, 60, was elected Nov. 4, but the official enthronement ceremony was held Sunday at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo. He replaced Shenouda III, who died in March after leading the ancient church for 40 years. The packed cathedral repeatedly erupted into applause as the ceremony progressed. The ceremony’s climax came when the papal crown was placed on Tawadros’ head before he sat on the throne of St. Mark, the Coptic church’s founding saint. Tawadros did not

address the televised ceremony, but had a brief speech read on his behalf by one of the church’s leaders in which he pledged to work for the good of Egypt, with its Muslims and Christians alike. Egypt’s Christians make up about 10 percent of the nation’s estimated 83 million people, making them the largest single Christian community in the Middle East. Christians have long complained of discrimination, particularly in the last four decades as the country’s Muslim majority moved toward religious conservatism. The rise to power of Islamists after the ouster nearly two years ago of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak has deepened their concerns, amid increasing attacks targeting their churches and businesses.—AP

Iran holds Syria reconciliation conference

P ARIS —French President Francois Hollande’s approval rating declined for the sixth month in a row in November, a poll showed on Sunday, as he wrestles with a sickly economy and rising unemployment. The number of people satisfied with Hollande’s performance slipped by 1 percentage point to 41 percent in November, according to the Ifop poll, a new low since he became France’s first Socialist president in 17 years in May. Hollande said this week public criticism would not divert him from his goal of reviving the economy and called on voters to judge him in five years. The approval rating of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, worsened at a faster rate, declining by 6 percentage points to 43 percent this month, according to the poll carried out for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.— Reuters

TEHRAN—Iran held Sunday Damascus accuses Qatar

15 women die in Yemen bus crash

Kuwait opposition set to challenge one-vote rule

a conference to reconcile Syria’s government with opposition factions and end the country’s civil war, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report said the one-day meeting of some 200 opposition members and Syria’s National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar could be a step toward a future, broad-based opposition gathering, although it did not say if any of Syria’s major rebel or exile groups had attended. Most of those groups distrust Iran, a key ally of their adversary President Bashar Assad. Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned at the opening of the meeting that providing opposition groups with heavy arms could put the entire region at risk of “organized terrorism.” He said that arming Assad’s opponents, as

and Saudi Arabia of doing, violates international law and principles of non-intervention in countries’ domestic affairs. Salehi reiterated Iran’s traditional stance on Syria, blaming “foreign intervention and irresponsible armed groups” for the country’s uprising. He said Iran supports peaceful solutions to end the crisis. The conference is seen as a reaction to last week’s meeting in Qatar in which opposition groups formed an umbrella coalition to topple Assad. In August, Iran held a previous conference on the Syria conflict, attended by representatives of 30 countries. The Islamic Republic has supported Assad in the 20-month uprising, repeatedly accusing the West and Israel of instigating the conflicts.—AP

M ANAMA —Kuwait’s oppo- case against the one vote to SANA’A—Fifteen women be- sition is launching a series court and that he would hold

longing to the same family died in a road accident on Thursday when their vehicle went over a cliff as they were on their way to a wedding, the Saba state news agency reported. “Fifteen women in the same family were killed and 16 others were injured, some of them seriously, when their vehicle carrying 30 women fell off a mountain cliff” in the northern province of Hajjah, it said. The women were heading from one village to another to attend a wedding when their “overloaded vehicle” left the rugged road and tumbled over a high cliff, Saba quoted a local government official as saying. Because of a poor network of roads, fatal accidents are very common in the mountainous Arabian Peninsula country.—Reuters

of separate challenges to the amendment of the 2006 electoral law in both the Constitutional Court and the Administrative Court in an attempt to annul it before the parliamentary elections on December 1. Reports in the Arabian Gulf country said that the opposition now seemed to agree that the most effective way to revoke the amendment would be through legal action and not street pressure tactics after two rallies in October and November ended in clashes between protesters and the police. “The Liberal Movement has started drafting memoranda to challenge the amendment,” sources told local Arabic daily Al Watan. “Former MP Saleh Al Mulla said that he would take his

a press conference to brief the media on the issue.” Former lawmaker Marzouq Al Ganem said that he would work with Kuwaiti nationals to take the anti-amendment case to the Constitutional Court, the sources said. “The low turnout figure would be used as an indicator to undermine the success of the elections,” he said. “The ad-hoc teams formed by the opposition to push for the boycott are ready and will be implementing their action plans starting next week. They will push for the boycott until election day.” However, government sources told Al Watan that people had the right to boycott or take part in elections, but could not force others to follow their views.—Gulf News


India vs England 1st Test

Cook masterclass gives England a glimmer A HMEDABAD —Some captains lead by rousing speeches, some by intricate tactical theories. Alastair Cook leads by example. Three times he has captained England in Tests and three times he has produced a century in response. Against India in Ahmedabad, he summoned his most monumental innings of all. Long before the end of the day, India’s spinners could feel it in their bones. Cook met mounting criticism of England’s hapless displays against spin bowling with an innings of striking certainty, more than eight hours so far. He finished the

fourth day with an unbeaten 168 to his name. England, after trailing by 330 on first innings, are 10 runs ahead with five wickets remaining. India remain favourites but they are one good batting session away from feeling decidedly nauseous. This defiant hundred, to follow two as captain in Bangladesh when Andrew Strauss was on sabbatical, is already one of the finest innings of an increasingly grand Test career. It affirmed his right to lead and it left Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin, who at the start of the day had every expectation of becoming match-winners, with

only two wickets to show from 85 overs. A draw is not impossible; Andy Flower knows that. Zimbabwe drew a Test in Nagpur 12 years ago after following on when Flower, now England’s director of cricket, batted for more than nine hours for an unbeaten double century, his highest Test score, on a tour that cemented his reputation as one of the best players of spin in the world. It was a hot day at Motera, and a parched, cracked pitch promised to be deadly. But the surface looked tired long before India’s spinners. Dangerous

AHMEDABAD: Alastair Cook scored his third ton in this third Test as captain.

Bannu shock Swat by 5-4 in 8th NBP Inter District Soccer

turn was a rarity. “More red clay!” you could imagine India’s coach, Duncan Fletcher, ordering from behind his inscrutable shades as the virginal, relaid pitch failed to break up as expected. Famously, Cook does not sweat much, but he found a worthy ally in a man who sweats buckets, Matt Prior, who played in characteristically punchy fashion for an unbeaten 84, feasting on whatever width the spinners allowed. While Cook batted on phlegmatically, so cool that he had no need to change his gloves, Prior ducked his head repeatedly and tipped sweat from his helmet. Wet or dry, these two batsmen have carried England’s fight throughout the Test. It is a fact that had DRS been employed in this Test, both might already have been dismissed and India would probably have been 1-0 up in the series. Cook, well forward on the sweep to Ojha, survived an lbw appeal on the third day, having made 41; Prior, bat alongside pad in approved pre-DRS method, in England at least, survived on 61.—AFP

India 1st Innings: ...... 5 2 1 England 1st Innings: 1 9 1 England 2nd innings: AN Cook not out ........ 168 Compton lbw b Khan ... 37 Trott c Dhoni b Ojha .... 17 KP Pietersen b Ojha ........ 2 IR Bell lbw b Yadav ....... 22 SR Patel lbw b Yadav ...... 0 MJ Prior not out ............ 84 Extras: (b 4, lb 6) ............ 10 Total: (5 wickets) ......... 340 Fall of wickets 1-123, 2-156, 3-160, 4-199, 5-199 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W UT Yadav ........... 19-1-60-2 PP Ojha ........... 44-13-102-2 R Ashwin .......... 41-9-104-0 V Sehwag ............... 1-0-1-0 Z Khan ................ 18-3-38-1 SR Tendulkar ......... 1-0-8-0 Yuvraj Singh ........ 4-0-17-0

Golf: Adam Scott wins Australian Masters

M ELBOURNE (Australia)— par putt on 17 to all but hand esting with an eight-foot P E S H A W A R — B a n n u Adam Scott had five front- the title to Scott, who fin- birdie putt on 16 to pull within shocked Swat by 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out battle in the ongoing 8th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa NBP Inter-District Football Tournament being played here at Sumbal Khan Football ground, Qayyum Sports Complex on Sunday. NBP Vice President Naseer Uddin was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the match the players of both Bannu and Swat were introduced to him. Naseer Uddin while commenting on this occasion assured the players that all resources would be utilize to facilitate them during the event. He said NBP gave due importance to healthy sports activities and that is why introduced many tournament in different games on regular basis. The match started on fast tempo and Swat took the lead in the very outset of the match through Muhammad Ullah on the field attempt. The center striker Aurangzeb made a well combine attack and when he reached in the danger zone he gave a free ball to Muhammad Ullah, the inner striker, who did nothing wrong in dispatching it into the net to make the tally 1-0. After taking lead, Swat got position of the ball by making some attacking inroads as a result Swat got two easy goal scoring chances but on both occasions Aurangzeb saw his attempt went wide from the goal-post.—APP

nine birdies Sunday and another on 18 for a 5-under-par 67 and a four-stroke win over Englishman Ian Poulter in the Australian Masters, his first victory of the year. Scott trailed by one after three rounds and led by the same margin after the front nine Sunday. But his playing partner Poulter bogeyed two par-5s in three holes on the back nine to fall behind by three after 14 holes. Poulter, who shot 72 Sunday, then missed a one-foot

ished with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271 at Kingston Heath.Their final-round pairing turned into match play the third-place finishers, New Zealanders Gareth Paddison (68) and Mark Brown (69), tied for third, eight strokes behind Scott. Scott tapped in for birdie on the par-5 first to quickly pull level, and the lead changed six times in seven holes. After trailing by three strokes, Poulter made it inter-

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND: Scott Cardle connects with Miguel Aguilar during their lightweight fight at Nottingham Capital FM Arena.

Broner stops DeMarco to take WBC title A TLANTIC C ITY —Adrien Broner stopped Antonio DeMarco in the eighth round to take the WBC lightweight championship Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) dominated from the outset, punishing DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) until DeMarco’s corner mercifully threw in the towel. Referee Benji Esteves stopped the fight at 1:49 of the round. Broner, a 23-year-old Cincinnati native, uncorked a left uppercut that slammed against DeMarco’s jaw and sent the 27-year-old Mexican to one knee. While Broner danced his way into a neutral corner, Esteves moved in to start counting. DeMarco’s corner signaled him to stop the bout over DeMarco’s mild protest. ‘’I’m proud of DeMarco for fighting the way he fought,’’ DeMarco’s promoter, Gary Shaw said. ‘’But Broner’s the total package. He could be the next Floyd (Mayweather, Jr.).’’ Broner took control in the fifth, punishing DeMarco with uppercuts and straight rights that thudded against DeMarco’s face and produced a bruise under his left eye to match the one under his right. Some fans cheered while others cringed at the onslaught. When the bell sounded, DeMarco walked wearily back to his corner.—AP

two, and the margin could have been closer. Scott was short of the green, but pitched to within four feet and made his par putt to make the swing just one shot. Poulter gave away any chance of catching Scott when he lipped out on 17, increasing the margin back to three before Scott’s birdie on 18. Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, (Japan)— finished tied for eighth after Y OKOHAMA Kenya’s Lydia Cheromei outa 71 Sunday, 15 strokes bepaced the field over the last hind Scott.—AP 27 kilometres to secure a comfortable win in the Yokohama international women’s marathon on Sunday. The 35-year-old overtook the pace-setters after passing the 14 km mark and never faced a serious challenge afterwards, crossing the finishing line in two hours, 23 minutes and seven seconds. Other runners were forced to compete for the runner-up slot far behind Cheromei. Kimberley Smith of New Zealand, Marisa Barros of Portugal and Japan’s Mai Ito and Mizuho Nasukawa remained in contention when the last pace-setter, Maria Konovalova of Russia, dropped out of the race at the 24 km point. Nasukawa took the lead after passing the 40 km mark and held on to finish second in 2:26:42, although she failed to qualify for the world championships next year.—AFP

Cheromei wins Yokohama marathon

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test

Jayawardene helps Sri Lanka gain slender lead G A L L E —Mahela Jayawardene cracked an impressive 91 to lead Sri Lanka’s fightback on an absorbing second day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Galle on Sunday. Sri Lanka were in deep trouble at 50-5 following fast bowler Tim Southee’s threewicket burst in the morning before posting 247 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand’s 221. The tourists reached 35-1 in their second innings at stumps after losing hard-hitting opener Brendon McCullum, caught by Nuwan Kulasekara off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who was pressed into the attack after three overs. The match is evenly poised at this stage, with New Zealand nine runs ahead with as many wickets in hand. Skipper Jayawardene and vice-captain Angelo Mathews (79) earlier propped up the innings with a 156-run stand for the sixth wicket. The hosts looked like gaining a big lead when they reached 206-5 but lost their last five wickets, including those of well-set Jayawardene and Mathews, for 41 runs. The tourists, who went wicketless in the afternoon, came back strongly to take five wickets in the last session, with off-spinner Jeetan Patel striking three times to finish with 3-55.

Jayawardene looked set to complete his 32nd Test century when he was caught behind while trying to sweep Patel. He hit one six and 11 fours in his 176-ball knock. Mathews fell soon after the tea-break, caught by wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk off seamer James Franklin after hitting one six and 12 fours in his 154-ball knock. Jayawardene and Mathews defied the tourists’ attack for more than a session with their sensible batting, confidently gathering runs against both pace and spin. Mathews was more aggressive in the second session, smashing a six over deep

mid-wicket off Patel and then flicking paceman Doug Bracewell for a four to complete his ninth Test half-century. The New Zealand fast bowlers exploited the morning conditions well as they took four wickets in the opening hour to put the hosts under pressure, with Southee grabbing three and Trent Boult one. Southee dismissed Tharanga Paranavitana and nightwatchman Suraj Randiv in his opening two overs before accounting for Thilan Samaraweera, while Boult got a big wicket when he had Kumar Sangakkara (five) caught by McCullum at third slip.—AFP

N Zealand 1st innings:221 Sri Lanka 1st innings: Paranavitana b Southee . 0 Karunaratne lbw b Southee0 Randiv c Guptill b Southee 9 Sangakkara b Boult ......... 5 Jayawardene b Patel ..... 91 Samaraweera b Southee 17 Mathews b Franklin ...... 79 Jayawardene b Patel ....... 4 Kulasekara c & b Patel ... 8 Herath not out ............... 11 Eranga b Boult ................. 4 Extras: (b 9, lb 8, nb 2) .. 19 Total: (all out) .............. 247 Fall of wickets 1-2, 2-9, 3-18, 4-20, 5-50, 6-206, 7-215, 8229, 9-242, 10-247

Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W TA Boult .......... 16.2-3-46-2 TG Southee ........ 18-4-46-4 DAJ Bracewell ... 16-1-67-0 JEC Franklin ......... 7-2-16-1 JS Patel ............... 23-7-55-3 New Zealand 2nd innings: Guptill not out ............... 13 McCullum c Kulasekara b Herath .......................... 13 KS Williamson not out ... 9 Total: (1 wicket) ............. 35 Fall of wickets: 1-18 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Kulasekara ........... 4-0-17-0 Eranga ..................... 1-0-4-0 Herath ................... 4-0-13-1 S Randiv ................. 1-0-1-0

Imran Khan says “no” to PCB invitation for India tour : says busy in political activities BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M U M B A I — P a k i s t a n ’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan has expressed his unavailability to accept PCB’s invitation to tour India on the occasion of the Pakistan cricket team’s tour in December this year. This was revealed by Zaka Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman. The PCB has decided to send ten former cricket legends to India on the occasion of the revival series between the two nations. Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Lahore, he said, “so far, we have only received a letter of rejection offer from

Imran Khan. He (Imran) has been a very busy politician and owing to his busy commitments he has expressed his unavailability. Still, we are persuading him to make it”. At 39, Imran Khan led his team to Pakistan’s first and only World Cup victory in 1992. In April 1996, he founded and became the chairman of a political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which mean Movement for Justice. In the same year, through worldwide fundraising, he founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. Last year, he was due to deliver Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture (initiated by Sardesai family a year after the former India batting star

expired) in Mumbai. However, owing to his busy schedule he could not make it. “We have many legends in the country and his place will be taken by some other great”, Ashraf added. Hanif Mohammad, Imtiaz Ahmad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Mushtaq Mohammad, Javed Burki, Wasim Bari, Intikhab Alam and Sadiq Mohammad are the other players who will be sponsored for India trip. “These players will be good will ambassadors for Pakistan cricket and can help in improving the cricketing relations between the two countries. It was decided to invite two players for each venue”, Zaka Ashraf signed off.


Meditation can stave off cold and flu: Study

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EDITATION can be extremely ef fective at preventing winter ail ments like cold and flu, according to a new research.

Adults who meditated or did moderately intense exercise, such as a brisk walk, for eight weeks suffered fewer colds than those who did nothing, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin?Madison. Previous research has found that mindfulness meditation may improve mood, decrease stress, and boost immune function. Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India. The new study divided 149 people into three groups. One performed mindful meditation, a type of meditation that essentially involves focusing the mind on the present, the Daily Mail reported.Another group jogged regularly for eight weeks while the third group did nothing. The researchers then followed the health of the volunteers through the winter from September to May, although they didn‘t check whether or not people carried on exercising or meditating after the eight?week period. The participants were observed for cold

and flu symptoms such as a runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing, and sore throat. Nasal wash samples were collected and analysed three days after the symptoms began.The study, found that meditators missed 76 per cent fewer days of work from September through to May than those who did nothing. Those who had exercised missed 48 per cent fewer days during this period. In addition, mindful meditation can reduce the duration or severity of acute respiratory infections such by up to 50 per cent, and exercise by up to 40 per cent. According to the website Scientific America, those who had exercised or meditated suffered for an average of five days; colds of participants in the control group lasted eight. In addition, tests confirmed that the self-reported length of colds correlated with the level of antibodies in the body, which indicate the presence of a virus. “Nothing has previously been shown to prevent acute respiratory infections,” said lead author Dr Bruce Barrett, a family medicine doctor and associate professor at the University. “A lot of previous information suggested that meditation and exercise might have prevention benefits, but no high-quality, randomised trial had been done,” Barrett said.

KARACHI: Students appearing in pre-entry test for admission in Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology.

PPP urges Shahi Syed to rejoin govt KARACHI—A delegation of the Pakistan People’s Party met with Awami National Party leader and Senator Shahi Syed in which both party leaders discussed the current political situation of the province. The main feature of the discussion was the situation created after Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012. The PPP delegation included Agha Siraj Durrani, Ayaz Soomro, Rashid Rabbani and Waqar Mehdi. The PPP delegation requested Syed to rejoin the Sindh government. In the reply, he said that he would decide about it after his party leaders’ consent.—NNI

Bilawal to start political career from December 27 STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is all set to observe his mother Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary with a jump in the electoral politics. Bilawal is expected to begin his political career from December 27, this year from his ancestral home Larkana. the President’s son will commence his public relation campaign with a tour to several districts across the country along with party’s central leadership. He will also start holding meetings with party leaders and members from January, 2013.

Bilawals will initiate his political tour from volatile Lyari area of Karachi, said PPP sources adding that the president also held comprehensive talks during his Multan visit, after which he directed Bilawal to take responsibility of party’s crucial matters. The President has also constituted a committee of senior party leaders including former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Amin Fahim, Jahangir Badar, Naveed Qamar, Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Manzoor Watto, Faryal Talpur and eight others to assist Bilawal.

KARACHI: A view of a damaged passenger bus due to CNG cylinder blast, killing one and injuring five others.

41 smuggled vehicles, 42000 liters diesel seized KARACHI—The Model Customs Collectorate, Hyderabad has seized two oil tankers carrying 42,000 litres of smuggled Iranian diesel and arrested three persons involved in the smuggling. The arrested accused were identified as Aftab son of Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Amin son of Arbab Khan and Shah Hussain son of Hassan Khan, said a press release issued here on Sunday. Criminal cases have been registered against the accused. Meanwhile, the Collectorate during its campaign to check and curb smuggling of various items, has seized 41 non-duty paid/smuggled vehicles valued Rs.35,00,000 and cases have been registered against the offenders. All anti-smuggling squads of Hyderabad Collectorate have been directed by the Collector Customs to speed up their efforts to curb the menace of smuggling, specially the smuggled High Speed Diesel, plastic dana and scrap etc.—APP

Sindh Madressatul Islam University conducts Pre-Entry Test

KARACHI—Mohammad Khan, driver of a mini-bus G-17 lost his life Sunday morning while five others were injured as the obsolete cylinder installed in the vehicle exploded at a local CNG station, on Abul Hassan Isfahani Road. DSP of Gulshan e Iqbal, Farhat Iqbal giving details of the unfortunate incident said the cyl-

inder presumably exploded while being filled with compressed natural gas (CNG) beyond its specified capacity. He said all possible cause of the incident, that also damaged other vehicles waiting to be filled with required fuel at the CNG station, are also being investigated. “We, however, are quite sure that this was not a terrorist related activity,” he said. Injured,

he said have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center. In reply to a question, he said there was an urgent need to launch a campaign against vehicle owners and drivers using obsolete or faulty CNG cylinders at the cost of precious human lives. He acknowledged that this was more commonly registered among public vehicles.

Governor for merit as main induction criteria in police service STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI — Governor

Waseem Ahmed, IG- Sindh police, Fayyaz Laghari, Deputy DG Sindh Rangers, Mohmmad Rafiq Khan, Commissioner of Karachi, Syed Hashim Raza, Special Secretary (Home), Mudassar Iqbal, CPLC Chief, Ahmed Chinoy and AIG Karachi, Iqbal Mahmood. The meeting extensively reviewed measures to weed-out crime and also to improve policing in the province, particularly in Karachi. Sindh Governor said mere improvement in technology would not help in achieving the target of eradicating criminal activities. He feared that absence of merit in induction to the service may turn

massive investment made in procuring technology useless. “It is therefore extremely crucial to have well qualified and trained professionals in the police department capable to make proper use of technology,” said Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad. The Governor reiterated that technically competent and professionally qualified personnel in police service can make proper use of anti criminal and anti terrorist technology used worldwide. He also emphasized importance of community policing and said this complimented by hi-tech can provide massive relief to the masses against criminals and terrorists.

KWSB complainants advised to attach copies of paid bill

SALAHUDDIN HAIDER Mohammad (saw) conquered Sharif, has become a tradition mighty as guilty of tyranny. Makkah, he ordered for the key since then and is continuing un- In his short speech, Abdul

KARACHI—It was a rare op- to the doors of the Kaaba Sharif, interrupted, The Kaaba Sharif Qadir Shebi who inherited the is given ghusl twice a year, every 30th of Shabaan, and 15th of Muharram to keep it clean for the Muslims coming for Hajj and Umra, and anytime during the year. After performing the Ghusl, the Prophet (PBUH) handed over the key to the door of the building to a Shebi but then Jibrael (A.S) brought Wahi on him that the key to the Kaaba Sharif would remain in possession of the Shebi family till the day of judgement, and anyone trying to take it from them, would be treated by God Al-

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of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad has directed for adopting merit as the main criterion for induction in technical cadre of Sindh Police services. Chairing a high level meeting at the Governor House on Sunday, he said competent and qualified individuals must be recruited for e-policing, an essential component of the envisaged police service’s technical cadre. The meeting chaired by Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad was attended STAFF REPORTER by Principal Secretary to GovKARACHI—Sindh Madressatul ernor, Dr. Naushad Shaikh, AdIslam University (SMIU) con- ditional Chief Secretary, ducted pre entry test of candidates applied for admission in SMIU in its five departments – Media Studies, Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Education and Computer Science, on Sunday . The test was conducted in open KARACHI—Karachi Water and space near the Main Building of Sewerage Board (KWSB) has adSMIU, which was covered with vised its consumers to necessarily tents. present copy of their respective It was the first entry test for se- paid bill with any compliant they lection of students for SMIU’s may have against the board. first batch. Sindh Madressatul The decision to impose the Islam was upgraded to the level new rule, with the motive to imof university in the month of prove board’s billing and revenue, February this year. was made during a meeting, chaired by KWSB chief, Misbahuddin Farid on Sunday. Other senior officials present on the occasion included Ali Mohammad Palejo, Waqar

Custodian of Khana Kaaba Sharif in city portunity to meet the custo- the building in the middle of the dian of the Khana Kaaba, the Haram Sharif, to clear it from most revered place for the idols. On being informed that Muslims of the world where the key to the door of the Kaaba they perform Tawaf round Sharif was held by the Shebi the clock, 24 hours a day, is family, the Prophet (PBUH) in Karachi for the past three called for him. The then Shebi came and days for a short visit, and was feted to a grand luncheon handed him over the key to the Nabi-e-Kareem (saw) . The here Sunday afternoon. The honoured guest, Prophet (PBUH) opened the Sheikh Abdul Qadir Yahya door, removed the idols, which Al-Shebi, belongs to the well kuffar had kept there as their known family of Saudi “gods”, and washed the entire Arabia, known as the Shebis. Kaaba, cleaned it from inside, They hold the key to the in order to make it worthy for Kaaba Sharif for thousands of prayers, and Tawaf, etc. Ghusl (washing) of Kaaba years. When the Holy Prophet

Driver of mini bus loses life due to faulty CNG cylinder

key after its earlier custodian Aziz Shebi who passed away last year, thanked the people of Pakistan for their hospitality. Earlier, Amir A Khan, the chief executive of an organization, called Ana Haji, which produces many Islamic items, and plans to expand its business to serve the Muslims of the world, thanked Mr Shebi for gracing the occasion. The lunch was attended by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Mr Jan Mohammad and Mr Rauf Tabani, and others.

Hashmi besides all chief engineers and officers of the agency’s revenue department. The meeting reviewed the measures to improve the revenue generation capacities of the board and also discussed strategies for improvement in the performance of the KWSB’s revenue department. The meeting took serious notice that despite being one of the largest public service institution, providing water and sewerage facilities to the people of Karachi,

yet a large number of consumers did not pay their bills and tax. The officials agreed that due to lack of cooperation of KWSB consumers it was facing economic crisis and this has made extremely crucial to raise its revenue collection. Revenue department officials were strictly directed to ensure timely issuance of water and sewerage bills to the consumers and also to adopt efficient strategies that may motivate the consumers to pay their bills in time.—APP

IG Sindh orders arrest of 35 criminals released on parole KARACHI—Inspector General Sindh Police, Fayyaz Leghari has ordered CID to immediately arrest the 35 criminals who were released on parole previously. Sources said that a letter has also been written to CID Police in this regard. It merits mentioning here that during hearing of the Karachi-unrest case, it was stated that the 193 convicted criminals were released on parole from year 2003 to 2005, such that 35 criminals whose cases were being heard had also been released.—Online

Criminal killed in encounter with police K ARACHI — Police killed a criminal while arrested his accomplice in an injured condition during an encounter in SITE area of the city on Sunday. According to police, two criminals opened fire on a young man and left him injured near a shop in the area. The criminals tried to flee from the scene when they saw police approaching towards them. Police started firing and killed one of the criminals while arrested the other one in injured condition. Police also recovered pistol from the arrested criminal.—NNI

Aijaz Durrani condemns murder of TV channel reporter STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The spokesman of Bilawal House, Aijaz Durrani, has strongly condemned the murder of the reporter of a private TV Channel, Rehman ullah Abid, in Panjgur, Balochistan. In a statement issed here on Sunday he sympathised with the members of the bereaved family. Durrani also demanded that KARACHI: Workers of Palestine Foundation stage a demonstration against Israeli at- the perpetrators be brought to tacks at Gaza Strip on Sunday. book without any delay.


Do our bodies see the future before we do?

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O YOU ever get feelings that give you a hint or glimpse of an event before it happens? You do? I knew you were going to say that.

Just kidding, of course, but many people do feel that they have presentiment, the ability to detect a future event just before it occurs. Some have reported feeling shivers, or the “hairs on the back of their neck standing on end,” or similar physical sensations just before an event happened. This is different than being “psychic” or claiming to see exact details of a future event; presentiment is more of a vague feeling in the body that something is going to happen, without knowing what that something is. Many who have experienced this are convinced that it’s a real phenomenon, and that their body really does have the ability to feel future events before they happen. Skeptics, including many scientists, believe that this is all hooey. But now there are a few scientists who tend to agree that people’s bodies can anticipate events before they happen, and that presentiment exists. Northwestern University neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge, one of the authors of a new study published in the journal Frontiers of Perception, believes that sometimes they can. She doesn’t know how, but a review of over two dozen studies on pre-

sentiment and her own experiments have convinced her that the phenomenon exists. Preparing for the review, Mossbridge analyzed the previous experiments and threw out any that she or her associates felt contained bias or methodological flaws. Although the individual experiments varied, the majority of them (and new experiments conducted by these researchers) used a study design that introduced random frightening or otherwise stimulating images into a series of photographs shown to subjects as their bodies were being monitored for changes in heart rate and blood flow, pupil dilation, and activity in their brains. Because the order of the photos was randomized, neither the subjects nor the researchers knew when the scary photos were about to appear. Thus there was theoretically no way that the researchers could “telegraph” pre-knowledge of an upcoming frightening image to the subjects through their body language or anything else; they didn’t know when these images would appear, either. But in many of the subjects, their bodies knew. Between one and ten seconds before the scary photos appeared, their heart rates rose, their pupils dilated, their blood volume increased, and their brain activity spiked.

47 doctors posts vacant in Children Hospital L AHORE —Despite advertisement in newspapers twice, 47 posts of consultant doctors have been vacant in Children Hospital for more than two years. Sources said on Sunday the vacant posts include associate professors, assistant professors and around 33 senior registrars. The Punjab health department has advertised the posts at least two times but failed to get a positive response from the doctors community. When contacted, PMA leader Dr Salman Kazmi said neither senior doctors nor medical officers were ready to do work on meagre salaries in BPS 17 and 18. He said the government was using hefty amounts on procuring medical equipment but who would operate and LAHORE: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif reviewing the pace of work on Metro Bus Project on Sunday. use the equipment without experts?

Food factors increasing heart diseases: Dr Bilal STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—Food pollution is increasing heart diseases in Pakistan particularly coronary heart disease. Factors like emotional imbalance, smoking, unhealthy lifestyle and lack of exercise are also contributing to heart diseases. Heart diseases in young college students are escalating in Pakistan due to lack of awareness and preventive measures. These thoughts were shared by Chief Executive, Punjab Institute of Cardiology Prof. Dr. Bilal Zakrya Khan at TECH Society Club on Sunday during his presentation on the topic of “heart diseases and their management”. Prof. Dr. Samina Jehangir, Engr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Zubair Sheikh, Dr. Muhammad Sadiq and Jameel Gishkori also spoke. In America, experts said, 50% heart attacks have been reduced by adopting preventive strategy and modern LAHORE: PML-N leader Mariyam Nawaz addressing PML-N Women Wing methods of heart care. delegations.

Muharram arrangements

Police directed to keep vigilant watch on terrorists STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab and Chairman Cabinet Committee Moharram-ul-Haram, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that police and other security agencies should keep a vigilant eye on terrorists and criminal elements and ensure effective arrangements for public protection during Moharram at all costs. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee for security arrangements during Moharram-ulHaram, here Sunday. Advisor to CM, Jehanzaib Barki, Member National Assembly Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Secretary Home Shahid

Khan, Secretary Auqaf, Additional Secretary Information Syed Tahir Raza Hamdani, senior police officers, Commissioner Lahore Division and senior officers of Specail Branch and other concerned departments were also present on the occasion. Senator Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that provision of security and other facilities to the mourning processions and Majalis during Moharram is the responsibility of the government and administration and in this regard administration and police should keep close contact from thana to division level. He said that security institutions should remain at high alert during Moharram and

strictly monitor entry and exit points of the districts. Emphasizing upon the officers present in the meeting, he said that maintenance of law and order during Moharram is the top priority of the Punjab government and no sect or school of thought would be allowed to violate the code of conduct or hurt the sentiments of others by making provocative speeches. He said that all the departments should perform their duties in a coordinated manner like a team for the effective enforcement of Moharram Security Plan. The meeting was informed that code of conduct was violated in some districts but overall situation is satisfactory.

CM orders recovery of two girls STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A complainant Muhammad Amin resident of Walton met Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Model Town, here Sunday and informed him that three months ago, his two daughters were abducted from his house who have not been recovered as yet. He told the Chief Minister that he is a labourer and earns his livelihood through labour but due to

abduction of his daughters, his life has become dark. He requested the Chief Minister for early recovery of his daughters. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif ordered the police officials present on the occasion to recover both the abducted girls within a week and hand them over to their parents. He said that the persons involved in this case should be taken to task. The Chief Minister said that the police should perform this task by consider-

ing it as a challenge. Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of life, property and honour of the people is the responsibility of the police and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. While consoling the complainant, the Chief Minister assured him that both of his daughters will be recovered soon and the culprits will not escape punishment. Inspector General Police Haji Habib ur Rehman and SP CIA Umer Virk were also present on the occasion.

Labourer dies LAHORE—One labourer died and another injured when roof of dilapidated warehouse caved in on late Saturday night. According to details, dilapidated roof of a steel bars godown located in Badami Bagh area of Lahore suddenly came down burying two labourers under the rubble. The rescue personnel after on hour hectic efforts rescued the injured labourers identified as Muhammad Siddique and Nazir from the debris and shifted them to hospital. One labourer Muhammad Siddique succumbed to his wounds while other was under treatment. The heirs of deceased and injured labourers held warehouse owner responsible for the tragedy and they demanded the police authorities to bring him to book.—INP

Metro Bus Project to revolutionise transport environment: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED

L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Metro Bus is not just a project but a great mission and all out resources are being utilized for its early completion. He said that metro bus project is a unique project in the history of the country which will revolutionize transport culture and economical, comfortable and speedy transport facilities will become available to the common man. He said that though difficulties are being faced due to construction work but these are temporary and will soon be replaced by permanent relief. The Chief Minister directed that planning should be made for the use of solar energy at the bus stations to be constructed for metro bus service. He expressed these views while reviewing the pace of work on metro bus project during his more than four hour visit to the project, here Sunday. Chairman Lahore Transport Company

Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Member Provincial Assembly Hafiz Mian Nauman, Director General LDA Ahad Cheema and Project Director Sibtain Fazal Haleem accompanied the Chief Minister. Talking to the people at various places during his visit, the Chief Minster said that the elements criticizing public welfare projects are not interested in solution of people’s problems but only want to fill their pockets. Therefore, he said, instead of spending funds on peoples’ welfare, worst corruption and loot was carried out under the rule of the last government. He said had resources been spent on the progress and prosperity of the masses, there would not have been such problems. He said that public service is his mission and all out resources are being spent on the provision of facilities to the people. He said that if public service is a crime, he will commit this crime a thousand times. He said that metro bus service was a dream which will soon be realized. He said that work is continuing round the

clock on this splendid project of public interest and its completion will give a new identity to Lahore as well as modernize public transport system. Reviewing the pace of work on the under-construction metro bus depot near Gajjumatta, the Chief Minister expressed his satisfaction and said that the bus depot should be state-of-the-art. While reviewing construction work of additional bridge along Lahore Bridge, he directed that the work should be further accelerated. He also saw the overhead bridge constructed in front of Children Hospital as well as reviewed the e-ticketing system and said that all overhead bridges should be made eye-catching while planning should also be made for the use of solar energy at bus stations. He said that metro bus project is a milestone with regard to provision of transport facilities to the masses and no effort should be spared for its early completion. He directed that work on all packages of the project

Tableeghi Ijtema concludes amid prayrful tears STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The second phase of the annual Tableeghi Ijtema (congregation) concluded here Sunday amid tears and an inspiring special ‘Dua’ by the faithful, who sought forgiveness from Allah Almighty as well as renewed their pledge to strive for the propagation of Islamic values the world over. After Fajr prayers, Maulvi Jamil delivered a sermon which was followed by a address of Haji Abdul Wahab, the Amir of Raiwind Tableeghi Markaz, while Maulana Zubair-ul-

Hassan from India led the final collective ‘Dua’. During their sermons they appealed to the entire Muslim Ummah to obey the commandments of Allah Almighty, while following in the footprint of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The Ulema also emphasized upon the participants to take the message of Allah Almighty and the Holy Prophet Harzat Muhammad (PBUH) to every part of the world. The number of the faithful, who had started thronging the Pindal (tented place) since Thursday last, touched

the figure of around two million on the last day (Sunday) of the Ijtema. The first phase of the Ijtema last week had also attracted the same number of people. Muslims from other countries were accommodated in a special area in the ‘Pindal’ as per their convenience.

Qureshi condemns Israel’s attack on Gaza LAHORE—Vice Chairman of

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Shah Mahmood Qureshi has strongly condemned Israel’s attack on Ghaza and other cities of Palestine and called upon United Nations to immediately intervene. He said in a statement issued from PTI’s office on Sunday that bomb attacks on the innocent civilians are open challenge for all the organizations of human rights and America and other countries should take notice of it. He said that one sided use of power of Israel is quite dangerous which is alarming and can results into a big threat for the global peace, as well. Shah Mahmood Qureshi stressed upon all the countries including Pakistan to activate their Foreign Offices to convey sentiments of their nations in this regard LAHORE: Customers buying religious rings and other items from a shop near Bibi and express solidarity with the Palestine brethren. Pak Daman.

should be completed within timeframe as no delay will be tolerated. He said that a high standard and transparency in the execution of development projects is the policy of Punjab government and like other development projects, metro bus project will be a unique example of these qualities. He said that an 8.5 km long bridge is also being constructed for metro bus project. He further said that an underpass will also be constructed for making Kalma Chowk signal-free. The Chief Minister started his visit from Gajjumatta and inspected the pace of work at different sections up to Shahdra. Director General LDA apprised the Chief Minister of the pace of work at different sections. The Chief Minister was also given a briefing regarding under-construction bus depot, construction of additional bridge along Lahore Bridge, construction of underpass at Model Town More and the pace of work at various sections of the project.

Crimes rate decreases: IGP STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Inspector General of Police Punjab Muhammad Habibur Rehman claimed that crime rate had been decreased by 30 per cent while jewellery shops and bank robberies were controlled across the province. He was addressing a prize distribution ceremony held here at the Central Police Office to reward the Multan police for their outstanding performance. He said police had also resolved four terrorism cases reported this year so far in the province ,including terror incidents at Babu Sabu interchange, and Rasool Park in Lahore. The IGP said lists of top10 and top-20 criminals had been prepared while police were hunting 8,000 to 10,000 proclaimed offenders.


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